Early this week at Mbiuni shopping centre in Mwala Sub County, I launched a programme for mass distribution of face masks to our people of Machakos to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Since the first case of the novel Coronavirus was detected and announced in the country, my government of Machakos, without wasting time, embarked on rapid initiatives to contain the spread of the virus including special training for health workers, setting up of a 480 bed isolation and treatment centre, earmarking advanced ambulance vans dedicated to the pandemic, improving health facilities and work environment among others.
The rest have been measures focusing on the roles that we the public have to play.
Through our public health officers and volunteers, we continue to create awareness within our community to strictly observe the guidelines as spelt out by the government and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
I toured Katangi, Ikombe and Kithimani today to present face masks to traders and residents and to speak to them about the dangers posed by this disease
This is a rare scourge in history that has forced us to make crucial adjustments in our lives. From working from home, shutting down of schools and religious institutions across the world to the wearing of facemasks whenever we need to step out in public.
I urge the people of Machakos and Kenyans in general to keep sanitizing and maintain social distancing if we must defeat this pandemic.