Kilifi sets Ksh73M to fight Coronavirus


The county government of Kilifi has set aside Ksh 73 million in the fight against the deadly Coronavirus.

Among the things the county has outlined to do includes an awareness programme to all the 35 wards from this Wednesday.

Addressing journalists outside his office on Tuesday, Kilifi governor Amason Kingi said vehicles mounted with public address systems will crisscross the county until Friday.

The county will also mount billboards in major towns and distribute brochures and fliers that contain information on the epidemic.

“The easiest way would be to call people to barazas to educate them on how to prevent the spread of the virus. This would be exposing them even more that’s why we will use public address systems where only experts on the virus will disseminate information to the public. This will be done to all the areas,” said Kingi

The governor also announced that water bowsers will truck water to areas where there is no fresh water so that people can maintain cleanliness.

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“We are encouraging people to wash hands from running water but we know water is scarce in some areas and that’s why we have stepped in to make sure water is available. We have also talked to coast water services board and they promised to repair all boreholes at the Baricho water works so that we can have a steady flow of water,” added Kingi

The county also announced a raft of measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

Kingi and Kilifi county commissioner Magu Mutindika banned all social gatherings including weddings and funerals. Weekly markets were also banned.

All bars, night clubs and other drinking dens were equally banned.

However, Hotels, restaurants and food kiosks will still operate but under stringent cleanliness measures.

“One would wonder why we banned bars and not restaurants. It is very hard to control someone who is drunk. When one is not sober he will not hear anything even if it’s for his own good. Restaurants must provide water and soap for washing hands to the customers and should sanitize their premises,” said Kingi

The county will also provide water and soaps to all bus terminus for commuters to wash hands before boarding Public Service Vehicles. Markets are also expected to provide soap and water to customers.

Boda boda riders have also been ordered to make sure they carry sanitizers for their customers as they are at a high risk to spread the virus.

The county government has also announced that relatives visiting the sick admitted in hospitals will be restricted.

The county currently has four isolation centres. One centre is at Msumarini to serve Kilifi south, another one is at Mbudzi in Ganze.

The third centre is in Gede, Kilifi north Sub County and Jibana in Kaloleni.

County government officers will work remotely except for the essential services.

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