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Multi-Agencies using youth for impact and compliance of MOH protocols

A Multi-Agency team in Kiambu Sub-County has upscaled its operations in disseminating Covid-19 messages by incorporating youth as routine fumigation of Government institutions continues.
During the fumigation exercise which began on Friday the team used the youth to empower the community as they transversed the sub-county while sensitizing the public on a mobile caravan.
The Multi- Agency team was led by Kiambu Deputy County Commissioner’s office in consultation with AMREF Kenya, Community Health Volunteers (CHV) and the Public Health department in the County Government of Kiambu.
The exercise began with Kirigiti Market and its environs where the area Member of County Assembly (MCA) Mr. Hezron Gichui also participated.
They proceeded to Kiambu Police Station, the cells and the Kiambu Law Courts, Red Nova County Office and to the Kiambu Institute of Science and Technology (KIST).
The Kiambu Sub-County Public Health Officer Ms. Mumbi Thiga told KNA during the exercise which has become routine for the department’s Compliance of MOH protocols at KIST were excellent.
She said the institution which has 4000 students currently in session had strictly complied with the protocols which was impressive owing to the big numbers. “This is an indication that they are similarly transfering what they are doing at the institution to their homes so as to keep the virus at bay,” she said.
The officer while appreciating the support from AMREF-Kenya to the county, she revealed that Covid-19 was in the community and that such assistance cannot be ignored. She noted that last week, the department had supervised the burials of three people who died of the disease.
The PHO said those who succumbed were aged 99, 85 and 20 years old respectively and called on young people to help in the compliance of the protocols as they formed a large percentage of the population.The youth are also energetic and can go out easily to guide other people in the villages on best practises, she noted.
She said that since the youth could access all the required information from all media, it was their duty to lead by example so that they avoid exposing the senior members of the society who were at a high risk.
A spot-check by KNA noted that apart from the Government institutions, the team had also fumigated all day and boarding public primary and secondary schools. This is in readiness for the opening of the schools in January after only candidates reported to the schools last month.

By Lydia Shiloya

 

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