Majengo residents in Mombasa county have faulted plans by the county government to turn Mvita health clinic to a Covid-19 isolation centre.
The residents argue that the move will not only affect locals but also businesses and the learning institutions in the area.
Led by Fast Action Business Community Chairperson Salim Karama the locals say they are collecting 500 signatures to oppose the bid.
Speaking to Jumuiya news on Wednesday, Karama blamed the county government for failing to conduct a public participation on the same.
“We have several areas where this isolation centre can be taken to. It does not make sense in our minds,” the FABCOM chairperson said.
According to Karama, it is a deliberate attempt to keep the area under a lockdown as coronavirus cases surge within the county.
He asked the county government to look for an alternative area instead of going on with the move.
“The county government can erect tents in areas such as the Stadium and around the railway station. We have several institutions here and we are afraid our children will be affected. This is inhumane,” Karama noted.
He wants the government to allow Kenyans go about their businesses instead of locking down counties worst hit by the coronavirus.
The chair attributes the surge of covid-19 in the country to the galloping graft of covid19 funds.
Said Karama “The government has totally failed. No masks. No sanitizers no nothing,”
At the same time Mohammed Hassan another resident says the county ought to have taken the isolation centre to a confined area instead of closing operations of the health facility.
Hassan explains that being a public place learners around the area shall be at a higher risk of contracting the disease.
“The disposal of medical kits after use threatens the lives of our locals. The county can instead take the isolation centre to Nyali barracks and the stadium,” Hassan pointed out.
He wants the government to conduct a stiff awareness campaign in order to sensitize Kenyans on the significance of adhering to the set out health protocols.
The resident attributes the surge of covid-19 to the political rallies by a section of political leaders.