FIGHTING COVID-19: NANDI COUNTY TO BEGIN COMPULSORY SCREENING AT ITS BORDER POINTS
The County Government of Nandi through the Department of Health is instituting a number of roadway screening checkpoints for COVID-19 virus at all its major entry border points of Mlango, Kopere, Chakaiya, Kaimosi, Serem, Lemook, Lessos, Kamasai and other routes commonly used by drivers.
Speaking in Kapsabet over the weekend, the CEC for Health Ruth Koech said the screening will involve checking the temperature of everyone travelling into the county using non-contact gun thermometers. The exercise is aimed at detecting anyone with fever or corona virus symptoms.
She said the checkpoints will be manned by the police and public health officers who will be able to attend to travellers using non-contact gun thermometers.
The officers will also provide prevention recommendation messages to travellers.
“It is prudent for travellers who are sick to delay or avoid travel, in particular for elderly travellers and people with chronic diseases or underlying health conditions,” said Ruth.
The CEC also cautioned the public from buying fake masks which have flooded the market. She advised residents to buy N95 or certified masks which have been recommended by the Ministry of Health.
General recommendations for personal hygiene, cough etiquette and keeping a distance of at least one metre from persons showing symptoms and wearing a mask remain particularly important for all travellers.