Since Covid-19 (Coronavirus) was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, the world has been staring at a probable lockdown.
Our country has not been spared either. As of today, Kenya has confirmed 7 cases of people with Covid-19 with others still in isolation and being monitored.
This calls for all of us to cooperate and complement efforts by the Government by observing basic hygiene, maintaining safe distance and avoiding crowds as advised.
So far, the Government has tremendously kept the people in the know by objectively disseminating vital information and rolling out sensitization to the masses.
Furthermore, the raft of measures announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta aimed at breaking the infection chain and reducing the probability of human contact, is commendable.
However, the dynamic nature of our country’s public transport system poses a challenge in breaking the chain of spread.
While we appreciate the centrality of our transport system in mobility and linkages, more precautionary measures need to be put in place.
There is need to train representatives from matatu Saccos on basic prevention protocols such as regular disinfection of the vehicles; the symptoms of this disease; how to respond when someone exhibits these symptoms while in a matatu; and how to offer general public education on hygiene and social distancing to commuters.
Also, the cooperation should be escalated further to ensure they are supplied with disinfectants and preventive gears by the government.
Cognizance of the virus incubation period being up to 14 days, we can stop the vicious infection cycle by ensuring Kenyans intending to travel into the country are screened in respective Kenyan embassies, two weeks before their scheduled travel dates.
This information can then be passed to the Kenyan authorities for comprehensive monitoring before, during and after traveling.
All this is in full understanding that we must map out potentially risk areas; establish their unique challenges; and devise requisite responsive steps to take.
May God bless and protect our country.
Hon. Senator Gideon Moi,
KANU National Chairman.
March 20, 2020.