Kiambu County government have installed hand washing points in all major towns across the county as the fight to curb against the spread of COVID-19 commonly known as Coronavirus intensify.
The hand washing points have been installed in markets, matatu, tuk tuk and boda boda stages so ensure traders, customers, operators and passengers wash their hands.
A cross check by Nation revealed the county have for-example installed hand washing points in Ruiru, Juja and Githurai towns.
The hand washing points have been put by Ruiru Juja Water and Sewerage Company (RUJWASCO).
Apart from being fixed with running water throughout, the points have also been furnished with sanitizers and soap for residents to wash continually their hands.
In Ruiru and Githurai towns, long queues were witnessed as traders, passengers and residents lined up to clean their hands.
RUJWASCO Managing director Mr Simon Mwangi revealed the company has already installed 12 hand washing points in Ruiru town, eight in Juja and an additional 10 in Githurai.
Mwangi added they will continue to install more points in stages, markets and along all the busy streets to ensure high number of people as possible continually sanitize their hands to keep away any germs.
“We are appealing to resident to take advantage of the hand washing points and tom continually keep sanitizing their hands in order to protect themselves against any spread of the deadly corona virus,” he said.
The managing director added the company has enough water and sanitizers that they will continue to provide to residents for free until the government advises otherwise on the virus.
He called on residents to be vigilant against the hand washing points being vandalized.
John Wanjohi a trader at Ruiru market said they are happy with the move by the water company to install hand washing points in the market and the surrounding areas.
“Since the hand washing point was installed here, we are making sure all traders and customers are washing their hands using the sanitizers provided. We are happy since they will ensure there is adequate hygiene and also help to kill any germs including those that may be responsible for the spread of Coronavirus,” said Mr Wanjohi.
Another traders Janerose Mwenya called on the government to be on the lookout and reign on any unscrupulous business operators manufacturing sub-standard hand sanitizers to cash in on unsuspecting Kenyans.
Mwenya however added they are happy with both the national and county governments’ actions so far to contain the spread of the deadly virus.
“The parents should also be strict with their children by ensuring they continually sanitize their hands and stay indoors to keep them away from the virus. They should also sensitize them on what the virus is all about since some particularly those in primary school do not seen to understand,” she said.
Kiambu County Water and Environment CEC Mr David Kuria said the county will ensure hand washing points are installed in all major towns, markets and stages across the 12 sub-counties and 60 wards.
“As a county, we are leaving nothing to chance which is why we are going on installing the hand washing points across the county. All we are telling residents is to ensure they sanitize themselves regularly to keep away any germs,” he said.