Uasin Gishu County Government has released all staff to go on leave for 15 days in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
The County Secretary and Head of Public Service Edwin Bett, in a memo seen by Northrift News, said this was a measure to thwart the spread of Covid-19.
“Further to the mitigation measures against possible contraction of Covid-19 virus already in place at the County Headquarters, it has become necessary that those staff undertaking non-essential services may be released to utilize fifteen days of their annual leave with immediate effect,”read the memo.
The County Head of Public Service however stated that a few essential services shall nevertheless still remain operational.
On Monday Uasin Gishu County received a major boost in its efforts against coronavirus after the Hindu Community in Eldoret donated 30 water tanks.
Governor Jackson Mandago, while receiving the 250-liters tanks, said they will be installed in strategic locations within Eldoret town to enable locals easily wash their hands regularly.
Mandago also expressed the need for every Kenyan to strictly follow the measures put in place to curb the virus from spreading.
He said; “this measures are only in place for 14 or 30 days and if we follow them we will be back to our normal business, if not then things might be even tougher.”
The Governor specifically expressed concerns over locals travelling from Covid-19 hit nations who have failed to self quarantine as required.
He warned that anyone found contravening the regulation will be out under Governmennt quarantine facility at their own cost.
“We now have a number where locals can report people not self quarantine. We encourage locals to make use of it. The number is 0532027027,” he noted.
Similar sentiments were shared by Uasin Gishu Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno who also encouraged locals to maintain social distancing as directed by the government.
Hindu Council Eldoret chairman Deepen Bhat said the donation was part of the Hindu Community’s commitment to being part of those helping curb the Coronavirus pandemic.
Bhatt also called for other well-wishers to offer their support to the Governmennt.
“This is an issue affecting us all and as the Hindu Community’s in Eldoret we ask others to also offer their financial or any kind of support that will help the country and locals curb this virus,” he said.