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Take sensitization about coronavirus to villages, Governor Ali

Teams charged with awareness campaigns about covid-19 have been asked to focus on the less informed citizens in the remote parts of Marsabit County.

Governor Mohamud Ali today also announced the readiness of the county in the event a case of coronavirus was reported where special wards with a 56-bed capacity have been set up across the county.

Speaking when he toured the Marsabit Level 5 hospital to ascertain preparedness in the wake of the pandemic, governor Ali said given the remoteness of some parts of the county and illiteracy levels among locals, it was important for aggressive sensitization campaigns to be directed to rural areas.

The governor who expressed satisfaction on gains made so far towards warding off the disease in the region, underlined the importance of continued vigilance and appealed to residents to observe high standards of hygiene.

He announced the establishment of equipped isolation wards at Marsabit county referral hospital and  all sub-county hospitals.

At Marsabit county referral hospital, which has separate male and female wards with a 10 bed capacity each, kalacha in North Horr constituency 10 beds, Moyale 10 beds, Laisamis 5 and Sololo mission hospital 11.

"With God's grace Marsabit County has no case so far and that calls for sustained fight against the pandemic," said the governor.

He further announced the closing down of all county government offices save for those providing essential services and urged for sustained social distancing.

Governor Ali called on those manning entry points along the Kenya- Ethiopia border and neighbouring counties to be strict and ensure nobody escaped screening for signs of the virus.

Marsabit county commissioner  Evans Achoki asked residents to observe instructions to stay at home adding that the ongoing sensitisation campaigns against the disease would be sustained.

The county commissioner also asked residents to ready themselves for the night curfew set to start tomorrow saying the presidential directive would be effected to the letter.

He also emphasised the need for public service transport providers to adhere to set sanitary standards and carry the prescribed number of passengers or else have their licences revoked and culprits prosecuted.

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