Deputy President William Ruto has broken his silence on COVID 19 and urged Kenyans to observe the Governments guidelines strictly.
Speaking at his Karen residence, the Deputy President said he has been in constant contact with the President as the Government devises strategies aimed at containing the spread of the deadly disease.
Ruto took the chance to issue a clarion call on Kenyans to unite and adhere to guidelines issued by the ministry of health.
Ruto says the current situation has brought its share of tribulation and heartbreak saying, “Our children are all out of school. The favourite matatu and bodaboda rider, reliable mama mboga, that dependable barber or salonist are all facing serious challenges. Our airline industry is grounded. Hotels have shut their doors. We can no longer attend places of worship as we always did. This is phenomenal. And the cause of all this is the novel coronavirus, a minute fragment of inert genetic code.”
He said defeating the virus, which has occasioned so much suffering, mayhem and disruption does not require a nuclear bomb, mighty armies, or fighter jets.
“Simple behavioral and hygiene measures ; avoiding handshakes, washing hands with soap, sanitising, wearing masks, social distancing, staying at home simple as they seem guarantee us a decisive knockout blow against the virus.” He said.
Ruto reminded Kenyans that coronavirus cannot move, or multiply by itself saying it needs their bodies for mobility, for transport from one victim to another, and from one locality to another.
He therefore emphasized on curtailing of movements saying it will completely immobilise the enemy and stop its spread.
‘This is why we urge those who can work from home to do so while those who must work in factories, offices, business spaces and such other areas to meticulously exercise social distancing. Employers should adopt a shift system that enables staff to work at different times of day, or on different days to minimise congestion in work places. And unless it is absolutely necessary with compelling and extraordinary reasons, we should stay at home.” Ruto said.
This is also the case for the restriction of movement into and out of Nairobi, Kwale, Kilifi and Mombasa counties where the highest incidence of Covid-19 have been reported.
He said President Uhuru Kenyatta has taken personal charge of the situation and mobilised government at both levels, together with development partners, the private sector and friends of Kenya to accomplish a number of objectives.
Ruto says the government has designated and equipped different hospital facilities, which include the 600-bed capacity Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral and Research Hospital in Nairobi while every County has been tasked to do the same with their health facilities.
He said, “We are going to celebrate this Easter weekend differently, we must remind ourselves that Jesus was persecuted, betrayed, crucified, and that he ultimately died and was buried. But he triumphed over death. His resurrection is the reason for our hope of eternal life. I call on the Christian community to lift up our nation in prayer this Easter period and equally ask Kenyans of all faiths to commend our nation to God’s unfailing mercy and grace for us to overcome this daunting pandemic.”