Water shortage in various terminus and markets coupled with lack of sanitizers in Naivasha have been identified as the major challenges in the fight against the spread of Coronavirus.
Already various businesses including the matatu industry have been adversely affected by the outbreak which has killed hundreds globally and affected thousands of others.
Earlier on Thursday evening, there was a moment of scare in Karagita estate after a flower farm worker was wheeled in the area health centre with symptoms similar to those of Coronavirus.
An ambulance was dispatched to collect her but after screening it was established that she was suffering from flu to the relief of area residents.
According to a trader Mary Wangari from the Naivasha open air market, they were been forced to buy water and sanitizers on daily basis.
She challenged the county government to move with haste and address the issue of water so that they could maintain the set hygiene standards.
“We have been forced to procure water at least twice in a day for cleaning our hands and we appeal to the county to assist us get sanitizers,” she said.https://youtu.be/l1m0l4wBA8A
The sentiments were echoed by another trader Joseph Isah who noted that water was critical in stopping the spread of the killer virus.
“We are making sure that all our customers wash their hands before entering the market but we need more water for this exercise to be successful,” he said.
The sentiments were echoed by the chairman of matatus in the town Stephen Mungai who admitted that the virus had left area residents in fear.
Mungai noted that business had dropped sharply with the number of travellers going down since the week began. https://youtu.be/qoX6xefFZmE
“We are making sure that our vehicles are washed after every trip and we have enough sanitizers for our customers every time they are boarding our vehicles,” he said.
Mungai attributed the drop in the number of passengers to the recent move by flower farms and hoteliers to reduce the number of their workers due to the crisis caused by the disease.
A motorcycle operator Musa Murage called for support of water tanks by the county government on bus terminus and sections where the operators were based.
“We have embraced the directive to make sure we and our customers wash hands as many times as possible but the shortage of water is a challenge for us,” he said. https://youtu.be/svTwXgCqvKs