The County Government of Nakuru has partnered with the United Nations in a food safety awareness campaign amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The campaign entails tailor-made messaging targeting key people along various food value chains from the farm to plate through posters, radio and TV mediums.

Covid-19 food safety campaign, Afraha Market

Covid-19 food safety campaign, Afraha Market

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is implementing the Market Access Upgrade Program (MARKUP) campaign in 14 other counties.

In Nakuru County, the ministry of Trade, Tourism and Cooperatives is spearheading the campaign, targeting all markets and allied activities in the region.

Aden Hassan - CO for Trade, Tourism and Cooperatives

Aden Hassan – CO for Trade, Tourism and Cooperatives at the launch of the Covid-19 food safety campaign

Chief Officer Mr Adan Hussein said, “The various precautionary posters will be placed in strategic areas in all 83 County markets to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission among traders and customers.”

The messages stress the need to observe social distancing, washing hands before handling food, washing reusable shopping bags among others.

World Health Organization has warned that one can catch COVID-19 by touching contaminated surfaces or objects – and then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.

Mr Adan requested UNIDO to further partner with the County and support traders affected by the COVID-19 prevention measures such as market decongestion.