COVID-19: Elderly persons in Nakuru urged to keep off social places

PHOTO/NGPU: Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui flanked by his deputy Dr.Erick Korir and CECs update media on the Corona virus.

The county Government of Nakuru has advised the elderly, especially those aged 65 years and above to keep off public and social places to reduce exposure COVID-19(Corona virus).

According to WHO, the elderly persons 60 years and above are at high risk since their immune system is not that strong.

“We want to advise the elderly, especially those aged 65 years and above to keep off public and social places to reduce exposure COVID-19(Corona virus)”said Governor Lee Kinyanjui during media update on Tuesday.

The County boss reiterating that it will continue to maintain close surveillance on COVID-19 across the entire county.

In line with the current national policy on prevention, the county has also stepped-up action to ensure that public exposure to the virus is minimized as much as possible.

The County has also put in place various measures among them enhancing personal hygiene promotion through public education and awareness.

There is also the increased surveillance in all public and private institutions to ensure quick response in identifying suspected cases especially when the person’s history suggests they could have been exposed to COVID-19.

Meanwhile, the county government has cautioned all residents against any form of racial profiling.

“We caution all residents that racial profiling will only fuel stigma and complicate reporting” said Kinyanjui.

The Governor adding that in the unlikely event of escalation on the spread, the County will enlist the services of trained personnel who may wish to volunteer their services.

This will include those who have formerly served in the military, Kenya Red cross, NYS etc.

Already the county has trained several medical practitioners as well as journalists on the same.

And even as the hand wash and sanitization awareness goes on, the county has noted that the slum areas still have challenges of water.

In response to this the county government has announced to supplement water supply in such areas.

This, the Governor says will help ensure adequate water supply for sanitation.

“We shall seek to supplement water supply to ensure adequate water supply. Water tanks and hand washing points will also be provided in various points” he said.