One hotel out of 34 applications cleared to open in Makueni County


One hotel out of 34 applications cleared to open in Makueni County
Makueni Health Executive Dr Andrew Mulwa addressing the press at the Makueni County Referral hospital on Wednesday while giving an update on covid19.He is flanked by Director Medical Services Dr. Stephen Ndolo

Only one hotel in Makueni County has met the set government regulations to be allowed to operate normally, Makueni County Executive Member (CEC) for Health Dr. Andrew Mulwa has said.

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“Out of 34 applications, only Savannah Hotel in Makindu has met all government regulations. It is important for you to know there is a laboratory at Machakos Level 5 and each sample from your staff will be tested there. This will be done after every two weeks,” said Dr. Mulwa while addressing the media at the Makueni Referral Hospital on Wednesday evening on behalf of the County Emergency Response Committee (CERC).

Dr. Mulwa said other hotels that have not met the conditions will continue to offer take- away services until they comply with the criteria geared towards combating the coronavirus spread in the county.

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Among the guidelines that hotels and restaurants are supposed to meet include testing all their staff, having thermo-scanners to test temperature of patrons, installing handwashing facilities and ensuring people going to eat at the hotels wear masks besides other requirements.

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Dr Mulwa also reminded the hotel owners that they can take their staff for testing at Machakos Level 5 hospital at a fee of Ksh 1, 000 per person after the government reviewed the cost downwards from Ksh 4, 000.

Hotel owners are however being cautioned against taking their staff directly to the hospital for testing but instead should report to the department of health who will then forward them to avoid congestion the Level 5 hospital.

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While thanking all the well-wishers for their continued support, he revealed that another well-wisher had donated automatic spray sterilizers for Makueni and Makindu hospitals.

Dr. Mulwa said that cash donations can be forwarded to the Makueni County Covid-19 Solidarity Account Number 1273040236 Kenya Commercial Bank Wote.

“We appreciate the continued support from the national and county governments and well-wishers through donation of masks and alcohol-based hand sanitizers and food,” he said.

Meanwhile, Dr. Mulwa warned that individuals who will sneak out from counties with movement restrictions, will be put on quarantine at a public institution at their own cost.

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“We have seen an increase in the number of people travelling from counties with movement restrictions, it is illegal and persons found flouting the movement restrictions will be put in compulsory quarantine at their cost,” he warned.

While saying the CERC was working closely with neighboring counties to enhance cross-border surveillance to minimize Covid-19 pandemic, he said the county has no capacity for testing or stopping truck drivers.

He revealed that through the continuous screening at Kibwezi and Mtito Andei roadblocks by a multi-agency team, over 67,690 travelers have been screened.

At the moment, the Coronavirus pandemic cases have continued to increase in the country whereby we have 737 positive, 281 recoveries and 40 deaths to date.



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