Governor Kinyanjui calls for lockdown to avert further spread of COVID-19

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui addressing media in Nakuru on Friday.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui has called on National government to declare a total lockdown to aver the spread of COVID-19.

Addressing media in Nakuru on Friday, Kinyanjui said the dusk to dawn curfew might no help much in addressing the spread of corona virus.

He noted that Kenyans are yet to adhere to the set guidelines among them social distancing and staying at home hence a total lockdown is the way to go.

Kinyanjui appealing to President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Health Cabinet secretary to work closely with counties in developing mechanisms that will help address the food and water issue once the lockdown is declared.

“We should think of a total lockdown to ensure the spread of the COVID-19 is addressed. This will help address the web spread. We call on the national government to ensure total lockdown. My appeal to the President and the Health CS to ensure collaboration towards total lockdown” said Kinyanjui.

He noted that working with private sector and well-wishers, the country will be able to address food issue in case of lockdown.

While noting that Nakuru as a county cannot declare a lockdown, Governor Kinyanjui was categorical that the cou8nty has tried to screen travellers at entry points but this has not been successful due to the porous state of Nakuru County.

“We need to ensure national lockdown since the county cannot do it alone” he said.

Her added that the counties have no enough strength to handle cases that require ICU hence the total lockdown will help.

On the two cases that were confirmed in Nakuru’s isolation center on Thursday, Governor Kinyanjui said the health department is now doing profiling to know more about them.

The county health department is also tracing those who might have come in contact with them hence locals who suspect they might have done so have been urged to ensure they contact the health department.

On the closure of salon and barber shops, the county will not relent with the county boss maintaining that the measure was taken to avert spread of the COVID-19.

The county has further revealed a budget proposal for the vulnerable groups including street families in place.

On his part Nakuru County CEC for health Dr.Gichuki Kariuki assuring members of the public that the two positive cases that were confirmed on Thursday are both in stable condition and being taken good care of.

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