Efforts to Curb the Spread of COVID-19 in Moyale, Marsabit County

3 People Currently in Quarantine

The Kenyan government has beefed up efforts to contain further spread of Coronavirus especially in counties along the borders. Extensive care and observations have been specifically improved along the Kenya-Ethiopia border and other counties surrounding Marsabit. Both national and county governments have put in place screening points at roadside entry points of Watiti, Oddha, and Debel Sub-Counties where 219,137 people had undergone screening as of 29th May 2020. These multi-agencies are united in the exercise to ensure that screening is done and there is fulltime patrol at the porous Kenya-Ethiopia border to prevent illegal entry in the country.

Moyale Deputy County Commissioner Patrick Mumali while addressing the press at his Moyale office on 28th May 2020 confirmed that out of the 23 people suspected to be COVID-19 positive, 20 have been released after undergoing a mandatory 14-day quarantine in Moyale Boys High School and the Moyale NDMA Guest house where only 3 people have remained quarantined. The DCC also disclosed that they have fully initiated 215 Nyumba Kumi clusters which have been very helpful in identifying strangers new to the community to avoid unlawful entry into the county.

Moreover, he reported that health workers from Kenya and Ethiopia are working together to assist in the fight against coronavirus adding that Moyale sub-county has adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), testing kits with 70 health workers and 90 administration and security personnel who are all trained on how to handle suspected cases of COVID-19.      

According to the DCC, the government has transferred money to 1,288 households since January to support vulnerable families including: Persons with severe disabilities, orphans and vulnerable children, and older persons. Moyale sub-county is currently targeting the most vulnerable households and families while the government has already distributed 550 bags of rice and 20 cartons of cooking oil to vulnerable members of the community within the sub-county.

Stay Home, Maintain Social Distance, Sanitize and Wear Facemasks.

By: Linzer Kibebe

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