The fight against the Coronavirus pandemic has been taken to the highway following reports that tens of families were fleeing from Nairobi which has been the hardest hit by the disease.
This came as officers from the department of public health expressed their concern over the high number of people leaving Nairobi for Western Kenya.
During the exercise carried out by health officers in support from security personnel, hundreds of passengers had their temperatures checked as part of the exercise.
According to the Naivasha sub-county public health officer George Ndichu, the exercise was part of the measures to make sure that the disease was not spread to rural areas.
He said that the exercise which had backing of the county government was targeting passengers in public service vehicles from Nairobi and also checking the quality of sanitizers in the PSVs.
“The county is not taking chances and has taken the initiative to test all passengers coming from Nairobi which is the epicenter of the disease,” he said.
The public health officer expressed his concern over the high number of passengers heading upcountry from noting that this could derail plans to stop the spread of the disease.
“Despite warning from the government to stop mass movement, these passengers have ignored the directive and this could derail efforts to contain the spread of the disease,” he said
Naivasha businessman James Karimi called for a total lockdown of counties affected by the disease which has already claimed thousands globally.
He said that a 14-day-lockldown would work as there were fears that the high number of passengers heading upcountry could spread the disease.
“This disease is not a joke as we have seen the deaths in US and Italy and its time the government took a decisive decision and introduced a total lockdown,” he said.
Karimi lauded the rare move by the health officials noting that other counties should emulate this and test all passengers entering their region.
Passengers and drivers interviewed also praised the exercise adding that all exit points from the affected counties should have a testing point.
A driver Peter Mwaura noted that traders had taken advantage of the outbreak to increase the price of sanitizers and also sell fake ones.
“This is a good initiative and the national government should address the issue of original sanitizers and their prices as many traders are taking advantage of the situation,” he said.
From UK kiuNaivasha Reporter.