Busia Deputy County Commissioner Kipchumba Ruto has suspended night vigil at funerals in efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 within the County.
Ruto stressed the need for the County Government to increase bed capacity in the hospital as well as install oxygen plants as a contingent measure since Busia county remains a hotspot based on its geographical location at the border.
He directed that Busia residents should collect the bodies of their loved ones on the funeral day adding that burial must take place within 72 hours as stipulated by the Ministry of Health.
He said night vigils and overnight processions prior to funerals are prohibited within the county until further notice.
Ruto said that the National Emergency and Response Committee on Coronavirus held a meeting to review the situation on COVID-19 and emphasized the Presidential directives which are already in place.
He advised ACCs, Chiefs, Assistant Chiefs and Village elders to continue enforcing community policy on COVID 19.
“In line with the directive to avoid crowded places which pose a high risk of transmission, all public gatherings and in-person meetings of whatever nature have been suspended countywide. In this regard, all Government including Intergovernmental meetings and conferences be converted to virtual or postponed,” said Ruto.
The DCC said all forms of physical and congregational worship in the country that is churches, mosques and temple are permitted as per the guidance of the Inter-Faith Council protocols insisting that in-person worship should be limited to a third of the capacity of the venue in strict adherence with the guidelines and protocols of the Ministry of Health.
“The cross-border cargo drivers shall be required to possess a valid COVID -19 certificate test that was conducted not more than 48 hours before commencing their journey, and each cargo truck going through the One border Posts of Busia and Malaba shall be limited to only two persons per vehicle,” said Ruto.
He strongly encouraged all residents of Busia to get vaccinated saying that this is the surest way to protect oneself and their loved ones from COVID-19.