The Government will address the issues facing Kenyan motorists at the Busia and Malaba borders, Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr Rashid Aman has said.
The traders from Kenya have severally raised complaints that the government of Uganda does not recognize their COVID-19 certificates from Kenya which forces them to undergo new tests at a cost.
“This is a diplomatic matter and government is handling it to reduce the cost of business for Kenyans,” said Aman.
Aman who was accompanied by Homa Bay Governor Cyprian Awiti, his Deputy Hamilton Orata and the Director-General of Health Patrick Amoth, warned Kenyans not to loosen their belts in the fight against the virus.
He was speaking at Homa Bay County Referral Hospital where he said Kenya had not reached a level at which the World Health Organization (WHO) can declare it to have flattened the curve for the virus infections.
He said the WHO requires a country to record COVID-19 positivity rates of below 5 per cent for two weeks consecutively to be declared a flattened curve.
“We are headed towards the right direction in the management of COVID-19 but this should not make Kenyans relax. There is a possibility that relenting in prevention measures can lead to the escalation of cases,” Aman said.
The CAS told Kenyans to continue observing the coronavirus prevention measures such as putting on masks, maintaining social distance, washing hands among other protocols.
On his part, Dr Amoth urged county governments to equip all sub-county hospitals to augment the fight against coronavirus also urging them not to forget other diseases.
“Let us ensure other services continue in our health facilities as we fight coronavirus,” Amoth said.
Governor Awiti said his government had put in place a 10 bed ICU unit for handling COVID-19 cases.