REPUBLIC OF KENYA

Government focuses on porous borders to fight COVID-19 Nairobi , Thursday May 14, 2020

Porous borders have become the latest high risk areas in the transmission of the Covid -19 disease and now our areas of focus, the Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) for Health, Dr. Mercy Mwangangi said today.

The CAS disclosed that the Government is assessing the situation to recommend interventions, particularly for truck drivers who are now becoming the other weak link in the fight against the virus.

“Kenyans have been voicing their concerns regarding these emerging trends, at our borders and their porosity. I wish to inform you that, as members of the East African Community, we have been in constant discussion with our counterparts on how best this matter can be handled for the safety and well-being of our people,” she assured.

She revealed that the National Emergency Response Committee is monitoring the situation closely and will not hesitate to take any measures as the situation dictates.

Due to the nature of human interaction, it is not possible keep the virus from crossing the borders and no country has been able to achieve this, Dr. Mwangangi noted.

She  thanked the surveillance teams and health care workers who have come forth to combat the virus within the communities as well as identifying the high risk areas.

“I urge all Kenyans to remain calm and exercise patience as the Government addresses the panya routes being used get into our country,” she advised.

The CAS also appealed to the communities living within and around the border Counties, to actively exercise Nyumba Kumi community policing, be vigilant and report any suspicious individuals.

Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr.Mercy Mwangangi addressing a press conference on coronavirus at Afya House today and confirmed that 21 people tested positive making a total of 758 cases in the Country.

 

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