Security agencies in the Nyanza region have been directed to enforce Covid-19 protocols and bring to book those found flouting the regulations.
Nyanza regional Commissioner Magu Mutindika has singled out bars, Public Service Vehicles (PSV) and churches as hot spots for the spread of the virus as the country faces a third wave of Covid-19.
He has directed County commissioners, Deputy County commissioners, chiefs, the police and County enforcement officers to carry out a joint crackdown and arrest those flouting the rules.
Speaking to the media in Kisumu at a joint press briefing with Kisumu Governor Prof. Peter Anyang Nyong’o, Mr. Mutindika said the County government will revoke licences of bars breaking the regulations.
“We have realized that some bars close doors at 9.00 pm as required but still continue selling beer to revelers locked inside,” he revealed.
“This is a warning that this will not be tolerated and we have agreed that the County government who are the liquor licensing authority to cancel their licenses for ever,” he added.
The Regional commissioner, who was flanked by the Nyanza region and Kisumu County security teams criticized some people who are peddling lies about the covid-19 vaccine, saying the vaccine has been scientifically proven to be effective to boost body immunity and has no side effects,
Governor Nyong’o said the county government has rolled out several vaccination drives across the county for high risk populations and frontline workers.
“The health department has expanded vaccination centres at Kombewa, Ahero, Nyakach county referrals hospitals among others to ensure success of the drive,” he added.
The governor has however said the uptake of the vaccine amongst healthcare workers was lackluster, which was delaying commencement of other identified high risk populations.
“The positivity rate in Kisumu has risen from 2.5 per cent to 4.7 per cent in the past week, which translates to a 100 per cent rise in the said period.
‘During the briefing, Governor Nyong’o outlined stringent containment measures that require that all morgues not to preserve bodies for a period exceeding 72 hours and not to release any body after 10.00am
There shall be no night vigil in the homes of the deceased, maximum attendees to remain at 100 persons only and that all restaurants and bars adhere to covid-19 protocols and close 9.00pm among other protocols and other regulations.
by George Kaiga