Kitui Moves to Curb deadly Corona Pandemic


Barrack Muli

The County government of Kitui has suspended all public gatherings including weddings, birthday parties and any other events that bring more than 10 people together as part of the measures to combat possible spread of the corona virus.

In a statement issued by Governor Charity Ngilu today in consultation with the National Government and members of the clergy among other stakeholders, residents have been urged to limit compassionate events like burials to family members only as a key measure to contain the situation.

Governor Ngilu called on leaders of religion to ensure safety for worshippers by observing social distance citing the risk of high number of faithfuls converging for service at places of worship including factories, supermarkets, banks, restaurants and slaughterhouses among others must avail water for handwashing under close supervision of the Ministry of Health.

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The county leadership has ordered all public transport vehicles to have sanitizers for the passengers and guarantee continued sanitization of the vehicles with the National Transport and Safety Authority and the Ministry of Health tasked to ensure compliance.
Bodaboda and Taxi operators have been strictly directed to uphold high standards of hygiene with those transporting to neighboring counties required to manifest all their passengers names and contact for traceability purpose.

The county has suspended all market days until further notice. Bars have been suspended from allowing patrons to drink within the premises with an allowance to sell over the counter as take aways.

The sale of Miraa/Muguka has been too suspended until further notice with users who suffer withdrawal symptoms urged to visit health facilities for support.
Mama mbogas and other small scale traders have been directed to keep two meter distance between their stalls.

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The County Ministry of Health in coordination with the administration, National Government and faith based bodies will embark on educating the public through the radio and other channels on the Corona virus and related hygiene issues.

Visits to patients within hospitals have been strictly limited to one person registered with the hospital management. Only referred patients from primary health facilities and emergency cases will be allowed at the level four hospitals.
The county has set aside isolation wards at the Kitui Referral, Kauwi and Mwingi Level four Hospitals.


Recreational facilities and activities such as children playgrounds, swimming pools, gyms and sporting activities have been suspended too.
The County Assembly of Kitui has been urged to urgently consider the supplementary budget to allow immediate procurement of personal protective equipment {PPEs} for healthcare worke4rs and disinfectant supplies.
A joint coordination team has been put in place to file daily reports with the Governor and Commissioner’s offices. The teams will closely work with the Office of the County Commissioner and will utilize county administrators for easy communication.
The county call centre {0702615888} will be key in reporting to the county leadership.