The COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund Board has donated 80,000 facemasks to be distributed to residents in the coastal region in a bid to combat Coronavirus.
The reusable masks were handed over to the Coast Regional Commissioner (RC) John Elungata by Dr James Mwangi, a member of the COVID-19 Board, at Uhuru na Kazi building.
Elungata said the masks will be distributed free of charge to residents in informal settlements, people at market places and commuters at the Likoni ferry.
“The masks will be distributed across the coastal counties of Mombasa, Kwale and Lamu,” he said.
The RC said security agencies will continue enforcing the mandatory wearing of face masks while in public places to help reduce the spread of covid-19.
He said the government will intensify awareness campaigns on the need for people to adhere to the directives on handwashing, social distancing and wearing facemasks in support of efforts to stop the spread of the disease.
Dr Mwangi said the Board has made the donations to send a clear message to Kenyans that wearing a facemask will help protect one from contracting the respiratory disease.
He said the COVID-19 Fund Board is determined to help the government combat the deadly coronavirus pandemic by mobilizing resources.
Dr Mwangi who is also the Equity Bank Chief Executive Officer said the masks will be distributed to vulnerable people in the communities.