Murang’a has received sanitizers from the national government to combat Coronavirus.
On Monday, the office of the County Commissioner received about 4, 000 litres of sanitizers from Kenya Breweries Limited in partnership with Kenya Pipeline Corporation.
The two firms were mandated by the National government to make sanitizers so as to reach people who could not afford them from commercial outlets.
Murang’a County Commissioner Mohammed Barre has said the sanitizers will be distributed in all public places within the eight sub-counties.
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The county technical committee which was formed to handle and respond to the coronavirus pandemic has been entrusted to ensure the sanitizers were well distributed to all public places.
Areas and premises targeted to benefit from the sanitizers include hospitals, markets and matatu terminus among other places.
The commissioner asked the residents to use the sanitizers prudently and urged them to frequently wash their hands to maintain a high level of hygiene.
Meanwhile, Barre cautioned residents defying government order on curfew saying no one would be spared when found outside after 7pm.
“A big number of local residents have headed to government directive on the curfew but some few people especially drunkards are waiting for security officers to chase them from market places,” posed the Commissioner.
The County Chief Officer for Health Dr James Gitau has said raft measures have been put in place to combat spread of the disease in the county.
Gitau observed that so far, no positive case of coronavirus has been reported in the county but said 98 people have been put under quarantine.
“So far, we have 98 persons who have been under quarantine. Some are people from abroad and others are those who came into conduct with them,” added the Chief Officer.
He further said they were monitoring the movement of people coming in and out of the county as a lot of movement of residents may easily spread the disease.
“Our prayer as the technical team monitoring Covid -19 disease is that public vehicles should be well manned and measures stated by the government strictly followed. Passengers should sanitize before boarding and alighting from public service vehicles,” added Gitiau.
Currently, only two special wards have been set in Murang’a County Referral Hospital and Muriranjas Hospital to handle patients of coronavirus.
Gitau said the committee would deliberate on which schools would be identified as isolation areas for the patients as the government directed some schools to be identified to handle victims of corona if health institutions were overwhelmed.