KNA Vulnerable communities in Kuresoi North Sub-County are calling on the National and the County Government to set up a centralized program for free COVID-19 prevention tools for the poor, in an effort to make the war on corona virus inclusive and effective.
The residents say the program will be invaluable in providing, free soap, face masks, hand sanitizers and up to date information about prevention and control of the virus for poor populations, whose livelihoods have been interrupted by the Corona virus pandemic.
The Chairman of the Boda boda riders Association in Kuresoi North, Mwangi Nderitu observed that gains achieved in weeks of painstaking campaigns against the virus are likely to be reversed by the inability of the poor to afford soap, water and face masks, saying needy households should be supported to protect themselves and others from infection.
He urged the government to expedite the second phase of vaccination and avail the COVID 19 vaccine at local health centres to enhance access to the vaccines among all eligible people, who he said cannot travel to referral hospitals for the jab.
His sentiments come as the County Government of Nakuru reports two incidents of the virulent Indian variant in the County.
Nderitu also asked the Nakuru Rural Water and Sewerage Company (NARUWASCO) to ensure a steady supply of clean water in the area, in the effort to maintain hand hygiene among residents and sustain an inclusive war against corona virus in the County.
He joined residents in commending the second phase of the awareness campaign, saying it will help to sensitize members of the public about the virulent Indian and British COVID 19 strains which are little known.
A grocer Millicent Rotich observed that people are increasingly disregarding curbs put in place by the ministry of health and this is contributing to rising cases.
She appealed to local authorities to scale up enforcement of the Public Health Act and prosecute individuals flouting laid down COVID 19 control protocols.
A spot check at various shopping centres in the region established that a considerable number of residents were contravening stipulated control measures putting their health at risk.
Rotich urged the government to sustain the sensitization drive, whose central theme is to encourage all eligible people to get vaccinated against COVID 19 in the quest for a strong frontline in the ongoing spirited war against the virus.