By COUNTY DIARY.
On Thursday April 1, 2021 – the county leadership led by Kitui County Commissioner Mr John Odengo, Kitui Governor Ngilu, the Clergy issued a Joint Statement on the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
The County Emergency Response Committee, formed under the recent Presidential Directive of 26th March 2021 held its first meeting today April 1st 2021.
In its effort to actualize the key directives arising out of the 14th Presidential address on the Corona Virus Pandemic on 12th March 2021, the Committee discussed the progress and challenges in implementing the measures put in place to protect the public against this deadly virus.
The Committee noted that Kitui County has seen a sharp increase of COVID-19 related infections, admissions and mortality related to the pandemic.The Committee underscored the need for the public not to relent in the fight against COVID-19 and particularly this deadly 3rd wave of the pandemic.
The County leadership comprising the following;
1. John Ondego – County Commissioner-Kitui County.
- Charity Kaluki Ngilu – Governor Kitui County.
Bishop Joseph Mwongela –Head of the Catholic Church-Diocese of Kitui.
Bishop Gideon Nzoka – Head of Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) -Diocese of Kitui.
Bishop Timothy Kituo – Head of African Inland Church (AIC)-Mwingi.
Mohammed Mutubwa – SUPKEM Kitui.
Bishop Peter Mwangangi – Head of Holy Ghost Church Kitui.8. Lt. William Kwendo – The Salvation Army.
Johana Tonui – County Police Commander Kitui.10. Hadija Shariff – Critical Infrastructure Protection Unit (CIPU) Commander, Kitui.
Charles Kavithi – Kenya Forest Service.
Michael Nzioki – DCIC – Kitui.13. Dr Joshua Chepchieng – County Secretary, Kitui County.
Dr Richard Muthoka – Chief Officer, Ministry of Health Kitui.15. Ben Katungi – County Executive Committee Member Treasury, Kitui.
We the County Leaders state as follows:
- We reinforce that the Ministry of Health Guidelines on COVID-19 infection and prevention control must be observed in all congregation settings including Churches, Mosques, Market places and the Public Transport Sector.
We have agreed to put up a communication structure to assist in relaying information on the COVID-19 vaccine to our community through Radio stations, social media and all other forums available to educate members and clear myths around the vaccine.
3.We shall convene meetings with the business community, transport sector officials, bar and restaurant owners to sensitize them on the need for COVID-19 prevention and control.
- We shall form cascaded multi-agency committees which will include religious leaders with the sole aim of disseminating information effectively to the community.
There will be a robust mobilization campaign for vaccination in all the Sub-Counties.
The County Ministry of Health shall increase testing of any suspected COVID-19 cases as per MOH protocol.
We agreed to enforce observation of a maximum of 72 Hours window period to conduct ALL BURIALS.
However, the County Ministry of Health will embark on civic education on why observance of the 72 Hour window period is important.
Finally, we remind all residents to take individual responsibility for washing hands, keeping social distance and wearing masks in public to help in the fight against COVID-19.
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