Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr. Rashid Aman has dismissed reports that cabinet secretaries have been barred from touring the country as part of efforts to curb spread of the coronavirus disease.
Addressing the press Wednesday in Nairobi, the CAS said there is no such thing as a cabinet lock-down adding that the government and functioning of government is an essential service.
However, the CAS said even without restriction, it does not give cabinet secretaries any free license to go out there and do things that are contrary to the measures the ministry has put in place saying it is the duty of leaders to lead by example.
Further the CAS said the government has noted that since the easing of restrictions, Kenyans are going back to normal without observing measures the ministry has put in place.
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Dr. Aman said in the past few weeks the country has seen a steady increase in the number of positive cases, particularly in Nairobi, Kiambu and Machakos counties.
“We are appealing to residents of these counties to strictly adhere to the containment measures for the spread of the virus to be under check. In the last one week, Kiambu has recorded 274 cases, compared to Mombasa which has recorded 85 cases in the same period. If Mombasa can do it, then Nairobi and Kiambu can do it! And it is possible,” said CAS Aman.
COVID-19 cases in the country now stand at 14,805 after 637 tested positive for the disease in the last 24 hours.
Dr. Aman said there is a need for Kenyans to be responsible.
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