Kericho residents have been urged to seriously observe the ministry of health guidelines on Covid-19 in order to stem the rising cases of infections in the County.
Area County Commissioner Mr Karungo Kamau asked residents to follow the directives to the letter in order to win war against Covid 19.
Kamau was speaking at Kericho Green Stadium after reading the reading the president speech to mark this year’s Mashujaa day.
The County Commissioner further advised residents against attending burial and political meetings that draws large crowds as it was very hard to adhere to the health protocols like social distancing and hand washing in those scenarios.
“Such are the likely places where social distance is hard to observe, hence fertile grounds that trigger Covid-19 infections,” he elaborated.
On security, Kamau said the government was on high alert and would not allow the existing peace to be disturbed by politicians.
Speaking at the same event, Kericho governor Prof. Paul Chepkwony said already 11 patients had died in Kericho since the pandemic was reported in the Country on March 13, 2020.
Prof. Chepkwony said so far 485 Covid 19 positive cases have been reported in the County, among them 45 healthcare personnel who have been in the front line in the fight against the pandemic.
He said there have been 325 recoveries in the County 48 out of which were under home based care.
The governor said Kericho has been identified as one of the five Counties likely to be placed under lockdown should Covid 19 infection cases continue to rise and appealed to residents to adhere to health ministry guidelines on Covid-19.
“I would not like to see the County placed under lockdown since it would mean curtailing our business and the economy of the County would suffer greatly,” he said, adding, “kindly wash hands, sanitize, wear face masks, practice social distancing, refrain from boarding overloaded public service vehicles and avoid unnecessary travelling to stem the spread of the disease,” he added.
Various local leaders in the County attended the fete, where social distance guidelines were highly observed.
By Dominic Cheres