Kwale residents have been urged to continue adhering to MOH measures aimed at containing Covid-19.
Kwale Deputy County Commissioner (DCC) Alexander Mativo said the county borders Tanzania which was currently experiencing a surge in coronavirus infections hence the need for residents to comply with MOH guidelines to the letter.
Mativo regretted that many residents were not wearing facemasks, washing and sanitizing hands or keeping social distances in public spaces. “We are strictly warning people to properly wear their facemasks whenever stepping outside their homes to stay safe from the deadly virus,” he insisted.
“Covid-19 surveillance has been heightened along the border with Tanzania amid threats of the virus spreading into the country,’’ Mativo assured.
The DCC was speaking to the press outside the County Commissioners office when he flagged off a three-day Covid-19 community sensitisation campaign by the Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs.
The campaign being undertaken by the Office of Government Spokesman across all the 47 counties is meant to remind Kenyans of the need to follow all the Covid-19 guidelines to prevent the virus from spreading.
“We are calling on the residents to continue following Covid-19 health protocols to the letter to prevent contagion,” he said noting that the more people become infected the more the health facilities are overwhelmed.
Mativo said the county has since last year tested 6,652 people for the virus with 640 turning positive. “We are managing them well,” he said adding the Covid-19 vaccination programme aimed at protecting the most vulnerable group was progressing well.
He said even with the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccination campaign, people should not let down their guard stating: “There should be no room for complacency in the fight against this disease.”
By Raymond Zaka