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Murang’a residents warned against ignoring Covid-19 protocols

Murang’a County Commissioner Mr. Mohammed Barre has cautioned area residents against ignoring the stipulated Ministry of Health protocols aimed at containing the spread of covid-19.
Speaking during Mashujaa Day celebrations at Ihura stadium Tuesday, Barre observed that many residents had stopped wearing of facemasks and regular washing of their hands.
He observed that people were going about their daily activities in markets and public places without observing social distance as advised by the Ministry of Health.
The county commissioner further noted that some public service vehicles are flouting the health guidelines by ferrying excess passengers.
“People should value their lives more than money. It’s unfortunate that matatus are now ferrying excess passengers without considering the impact of coronavirus,” he said.
His sentiments came at a time when the country is witnessing a surge of covid-19 cases in various counties.
Barre urged residents to adhere to the laid down guidelines to curb spread of the disease saying security officers will from now henceforth apprehend matatus flouting the directives.
On his part, Murang’a county executive member for health and sanitation Mr. Joseph Mbai observed that in recent past the county has reported increased cases of covid-19.
“Currently we have two covid-19 patients admitted to hospital, 18 others are at home based isolation and treatment programmes while seven people are held in our isolation centre in Kaharo,” said Mbai, adding that on Tuesday the county recorded five new cases.
The county executive cautioned residents against developing a pandemic fatigue, a condition he said was dangerous as it may lead to a spike of the virus.
“Many people have stopped wearing masks, in many public places, there is no water for washing hands and this habit may prompt an increase in the number of cases,” noted Mbai.
He said public health officers will embark on creating awareness so as to encourage locals to strictly adhere to Ministry of health protocols.
“Our officers will be visiting market places, bus termini among other public places to continue sensitizing and encouraging people to observe covid-19 protocols,” he said.
Mbai noted that the health regulations were being flouted more in bars and eateries, warning that the businesses risk closure if the trend continues.
By Bernard Munyao

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