Nairobi County Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko has launched Covid19 public sanitation booths booths in four key stations in the city. The exercise is part of the government’s effort to fight the spread of Corona virus. This comes after Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta imposed an extended three-week ban on movement in and out of four main coronavirus red zones, including the capital, Nairobi, before the usually Easter weekend to curb Urban-rural transfer of the virus.
Kenya’s rural areas are at a major risk of pandemic given that they have limited access to sanitation and healthcare services.
In Nairobi, the number of those infected has spiked under what is now seen as a dangerous trend of community transmission. The metropolitan city leads in the number of cases with over 190 cases of the increasing numbers of 270 cases. As of Saturday, Mombasa came in second with 43 cases, followed by Mandera with 6.
CS Kagwe Mutahi said on Saturday that nearly all estates in Nairobi have been affected by the disease. He cited among others, Kilimani estate, South C, Utawala, Kawangware, Karen, Tassia, Kitisuru, Parklands, Buru Buru and Kibra.
“I want to plead with all of us to take the measures we have announced more seriously,” he said.
In backing up the efforts to clean the city, the Flamboyant Governor Sonko, said that this is the first batch of the 50 booths that arrived on Saturday and will be installed in various public spaces across the city.
“They will be stationed at key points within our estates and what’s more important is that many people can now access sanitation services at a go,” Sonko said.
The installation is ongoing across the city and the governor said more 150 others are expected before end of next week.
The Covid19 sanitation booths have been installed at Kibra, Kencom, and Buruburu – Kenyans are supposed to pass through the booths, screened for covid19 symptoms using handheld thermometers, as part of the Komeshacorona Drive by Sonko rescue team.