Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru, now wants county residents to remain on high alert on Covid-19 prevention guidelines even though the infection rate has subsided.
Waiguru said residents should stop ignoring the rules on social distancing and wearing of masks saying the progress made should not be construed to mean it is not there.
The Governor spoke at Kerugoya County Hospital while receiving Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) donated for healthcare workers by Safaricom Foundation.
She said the narrative being peddled by some people that corona virus has been eliminated is false urging residents to take personal responsibility against the virus.
Waiguru lauded the County healthcare workers for their efforts in ensuring managing the spread of the virus.
She said that county health officials will continue educating the public on the need to continue following the protective guidelines.
The Governor thanked Safaricom Foundation for the donation saying it will help the County’s health workers as they serve the residents.
“You know the County is financially constrained since it does not receive adequate funding from the National Government. We therefore appreciate every effort from all our partners who have supported us in ensuring that our health workers remain protected from contracting Covid-19”. She said.
The County received 250 packets of surgical face masks, 30 packets of surgical gloves, 30 pieces of Harzmat suits, 500 protective goggles, 174 N95 masks, 50 disposable surgical gowns and 80 bottles of hand sanitizers.
According to the Governor, Kirinyaga County has so far registered 88 positive cases out of 856 samples, where 83 patients have recovered while 4 have passed on.
Out of the recoveries, 69 were from the home-base care program while 14 were from the isolation centers.
Waiguru said at the moment only one patient is under treatment on the home-based care program.
Safaricom’s Senior Manager Mt. Kenya Region Enterprise Channels Department, Josephine Mwikali, said the donations were part of Safaricom Foundation’s initiative to respond to the needs of Kenyans in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.