Environment and Forestry Principal Secretary Dr. Chris Kiptoo has warned Kenyans against improper disposal of single use facemask.
Speaking in Nakuru on Thursday during the handing over commodities towards medical waste management,the PS said such might derail the efforts the goverment is putting in place in the fight against COVID-19.
“There are individuals Kenyanswho out here to make money and are collecting the disposed ones and washing them.We advise Kenyans that after using the single use face masks to ensure they damage the mask and make it not re-usable before disposing it” he said.
According to Dr.Kiptoo, this will help in reducing used masks to gain access again in the market.
Nakuru County Governor Lee Kinyanjui also making an appeal to Kenyans to ensure they dispose single use face masks in designated areas to avoid the masks landing at the registered dumpsites where there are families depending on washing them back and re-selling to the community.
According to Kinyanjui, the act might cause more spread of Covid-19 and cause more panic in the society.
“Improper disposal of single use face masks might revert the essence of the masks from containing the spread of Corona Virus to being agents of spreading the same virus” he said.
UNDP Resident Representative Walid Badawi on his part reiterating that the UNDP states are committed to ensuring Kenya regains its normal state once the deadly virus curve has been flattened.
Badawi adding that Nakuru County has a great economic potential and it’s the forth county from Mombasa, Nairobi and Kisumu to receive the aid to ensure there is a end to outbreak and spread of respiratory diseases.