Health CS urges Kenyans to stop unnecessary travels, visits

Health worker collects a specimen swab during a Covid-19 testing process

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe has urged Kenyans to follow health directives on Covid-19 infection prevention more seriously as cases increase. He said unnecessary travelling upcountry should be cancelled, “Please, if you don’t need to travel upcountry, don’t. If you can avoid visitors at your home, avoid it…,” he said, adding that Kenyans can and should learn from other nations, where they succeeded and where they failed.

Speaking during the daily Covid-19 briefs on Tuesday, he dispelled the idea that the government has neglected Kenyans and taken an ‘everyone for himself stance,’ noting that keeping safe from the virus is all about individual responsibility and not about the enforcements by the government, “It’s individuals who get sick and individuals who die.”

Following President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directives on Monday, which included barring eateries from selling alcohol and a further closure of bars indefinitely, CS Kagwe urged all bar owners to closely follow the directives. He said Counties also have to step up and ensure all health workers have PPEs. He said they have been given funding specifically to deal with Covid-19, added to funds for the health sector.