Boda boda riders in Kitengela Kajiado County, have been urged to continue adhering to Ministry of Health measures on containing Covid-19 so as to curb the rising cases of infection.
Geoffrey Karanja, Kitengela Boda Boda Association chairman, noted that many riders were not keen on wearing masks and sanitizing thus exposing themselves to the deadly coronavirus.
Karanja said the increasing number of positive cases and deaths from the virus was quite worrisome and if drastic measures were not taken, then many more lives could be lost.
He noted that many riders in Kitengela had contracted the virus during the course of their work with some even losing their lives.
“There is a need to constantly sensitize boda boda riders on the importance of adhering to MOH guidelines on keeping the virus at bay. Many members have been infected with some even losing their lives. The disease is slowly ravishing our people” said Karanja.
The Chairman called on the riders to always carry sanitizers and insist on customers wearing masks at all times because it is impossible to observe social distance while on a motorcycle.
He further urged the riders to ensure that they receive Covid -19 vaccination so as to protect themselves, their families and people they interact with against coronavirus.
Joseph Onyango, a rider at the town, said a big challenge they encounter during the course of their work is convincing customers to wear their masks properly.
“Many people wear the masks below their noses and on their chins and given the hard economic situations, one is forced to carry them like that. I cannot refuse to ferry a customer because he does not have a mask. Business is bad at the moment and we are often forced to expose ourselves so as to earn a living,” he said.
Onyango added that another challenge they encounter is lack of adequate running water and hand washing facilities owing to the lack of piped water in the town.
He said it is expensive to keep buying sanitizers, thus the county government should install hand washing facilities at different boda boda stages in the town so as to promote frequent hand washing.