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Remmy Butia March 25, 2020

NANDI STEPS UP MEASURES TO PREVENT CORONAVIRUS SPREAD

The County Government of Nandi has proposed measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus, including preparing hospitals, closure of athletics training camps, suspension of foreign athletes coming to train in Nandi, hawking of food and fruits outside the designated banned, suspension of visits by members of the public to the County Government offices for the next 30 days, Boda Boda riders prohibited from carrying more than one pillion (passenger) and all night clubs shall remain closed until further notice.

Families are also encouraged to postpone weddings for the next 30 days and all open-air markets closed for 30 days.

The County has set aside two isolation centers, one in Nandi Hills County Hospital and another in the Kapsabet County Referral Hospital.

Training of key staff is on-going in conjunction with Ministry of Health and so far over 176 first line healthcare workers have been trained.

Community health outreach strategy that is on-going have been urged to focus more on media and door-to-door approaches due to the banning of public gatherings.

Two ambulances have been exclusively set aside for COVID-19 emergency response evacuation.

Visits to inpatients in hospitals by family members is banned, whenever necessary it shall be restricted to only a caretaker.

According to the CEC for Health Ruth Koech, both citizens and the government need to work together to ensure prevention of the spread of the virus in Nandi. “In this joint effort there is no place for panic, but definitely for more care,” she said.

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