The National multi-agency team on Covid-19 on on Tuesday visited the three coastal counties that are under partial lockdown to address challenges faced by the security and health officials as the number of Covid-19 victims maintain an upward swing.
The team, led by Dr. Edison Nyale, had representatives from Kenya Defense Forces KDF, Ministry of Public Health, National Police Service and National Intelligence Service.
The officials visited Bonje, Mazeras, Kenya Ferry, Shikaadabu roadblocks and Lungalunga one- stop border to check on the curfew compliance and the situation on movement between the three counties.
The Mombasa County Commissioner (CC), Gilbert Kitiyo said the team interacted with officers in all the checkpoints bordering the three counties and later they will make recommendations to the National Security Council on what needed to be improved to curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
Among the challenges noted was the use of panya (illegal) routes by residents to get into other counties.
“The committee from Nairobi has visited all the roadblocks in the three counties and they will make their recommendations on desired improvements especially in the fight of corona virus. One of the challenges we are facing is on cessation where people are still criss-crossing counties under lockdown using illegal routes even after the ban,” said Kitiyo at Shikaadabu roadblock.
Mombasa County continues to record the highest number of corona virus victims, with Old Town being the worst hit compared to other estates.
By Joseph Kamolo