Trans Nzoia County launches screening at its borders

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Passengers travelling from Nairobi queuing to be screened at the border of Trans Nzoia and Uasin Gishu counties

All travelers entering Trans Nzoia County will be screened for the Coronavirus.

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While speaking at Moi’s Bridge Monday, Trans Nzoia County Commissioner Samson Ojwang said that the move was meant to take preventive measures that would see those found with high temperatures quarantined for 14 days.

Ojwang who was accompanied by County Police commander Ayubu Ali and Director of Public Health Norbert Musudi, said all passengers from neighbouring counties would undergo the screening in a bid to prevent the spread of the disease.

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“We are launching the screening today (Monday) in Moi’s Bridge to screen people from Eldoret and other counties through the county. We will also be launching screening centres at other county borders of West Pokot and Bungoma,” he said.

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He appealed to County residents and Kenyans at large to stay safe by minimizing travel adding that the restrictions to travel to locked down counties of Nairobi, Kwale, Kilifi and Mombasa was for the good of Kenyans.

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“I want to laud the President for imposing a lockdown to these counties and this will indeed help stop the spread of the disease to other counties,” he said.

Trans Nzoia County Commissioner Samson Ojwang being screened Monday at the Trans Nzoia-Uasin Gishu counties’ border after launching the mass screening of passengers entering the county as a preventive measure of containing the spread of COVID-19.

The CC urged residents to strictly follow the guidelines set by the Ministry of Health including social distancing, washing hands and staying at home to keep the disease at bay.

Meanwhile, Trans Nzoia governor Patrick Khaemba has asked the national government to allow them to carry out corona virus tests.

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Khaemba who was speaking when he toured the county referral hospital that is under renovation in preparation for isolation cases said that the laboratories at the new health facility though yet to be opened was well equipped and could carry out tests once supplied with required chemicals.

Currently, Trans Nzoia is taking their samples for testing for the deadly disease to KEMRI Kisumu.

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