Nyamira Residents have been urged to ensure they strictly adhere to protocols by Ministry of Health to avoid contracting or further spread Covid-19 during the burial of the late Nyamira County Governor, John Nyagarama.
The appeal was made by Nyamira County Commissioner, Amos Mariba yesterday in his office, while briefing the media on the funeral arrangements for the deceased, who passed away recently.
“We shall strictly allow 2000 people only at Nyamira Primary School grounds, where the funeral service will take place today and tomorrow, in order to adhere to social distance regulations by the Ministry of health,” he stated.
“Nyamira County is one of those counties whose Covid-19 positive cases has been rising by the day, as we have recorded more than 300 cases for the past three months, a clear indication that we should be more cautious in observing the health regulations in regard to Coronavirus, ” the Commissioner revealed.
He warned anyone who will not be wearing their mask risk being arrested and will not be allowed to access the funeral grounds, both in Nyamira and Riamanoti grounds, and recommended that they follow the funeral proceedings through a live coverage on local TV station on Thursday.
The County Chief Officer of Health Dr Jack Magara confirmed that they have put in place all the necessary measures in regard to Covid-19, in order to ensure that everyone who is coming to mourn the former governor is safe.
“We have put sufficient hand washing points in place to ensure people are adequately sanitized, thermo guns to measure the guest’s temperatures, provided fully equipped ambulances with standby first aiders to attend to any health emergencies which may arise during the two day program,” Dr Jack confirmed.
The Chief Officer further said they have advised that only water will be served to guests at the funeral grounds because managing crowds when serving them food will likely compromise adhering to regulations of social distance and wearing of masks.
The Commissioner noted that security matters are well taken care of and thanked the County government’s efforts to work round the clock in ensuring that all the roads accessing Nyamira Primary School grounds from designated plane landing and car parking sites have been adequately redone.
Nyamira residents will participate in an interdenominational memorial service today, which will be led by the Seventh day Adventist Church (SDA), followed by the burial of the late Nyagarama, tomorrow.
By Deborah Bochere