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COVID-19 AWARENESS

Kiambu health workers told to take hygiene lessons to schools

Health CEC Joseph Murega urges people observe the social distance, wear clean face masks, wash hands

In Summary

• Kiambu county Health executive Joseph Murega on Friday also urged residents to beware of the coronavirus and stop shaking hands in greetings.

• In the last month, Kiambu was among the leading counties with new Covid-19 infections

Kiambu Health CEC Joseph Murega at Kimende Primary School on Friday.
Kiambu Health CEC Joseph Murega at Kimende Primary School on Friday.
Image: GEORGE MUGO
Nyambare sub-location community health workers unit perform a skit at Kimende Primary School on Friday.
Nyambare sub-location community health workers unit perform a skit at Kimende Primary School on Friday.
Kiambu Health CEC Joseph Murega (with a microphone) donates a water tank to Kimende Primary School on Friday.
Kiambu Health CEC Joseph Murega (with a microphone) donates a water tank to Kimende Primary School on Friday.
Image: GEORGE MUGO

Community health workers in Kiambu county have been urged to extend teachings on hygiene to primary and secondary schools since learners may ignore Covid-19 instructions.

Kiambu county Health executive Joseph Murega on Friday also urged residents to beware of the coronavirus and stop shaking hands in greetings.

"We have noticed that people are saying the coronavirus is no more in the country. These are lies. It is still with us. Let us protect ourselves so that we can protect those we interact with every day," he said.

 

"We are also asking our CHWs to visit schools and check what our children know about the disease and teach them more." 

Murega said in the last month, Kiambu was among the leading counties with new Covid-19 infections and he would not want it to go back at that level.

He said they had to prepare well, educate people and add more beds in different hospitals including other strategies to reduce infections.

The executive said they were forced to convert Tigoni hospital into a county Covid-19 centre. 

Murega said they also embarked on improving other neighbouring hospitals such as Lari, Ruthigiti and Wangige.

He urged people to observe the social distance, wear clean face masks, use hand sanitiser or wash hands regularly to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

He spoke at Kimende Primary School in Lari constituency during the Global Handwashing Day fete. 

 
 

He was accompanied by Lari subcounty health official Arthur Mugu, Amref Health Africa county coordinator Milka Akala, Nutrition International nutritionist Hannah Macharia and Ministry of Health supervisor for Lari James Kabebe.

Community health workers said they are visiting different schools to train learners on how to wash hand and be safe from Covid-19.

Kabebe noted that no case of Covid-19 infection has been noted in schools, adding that they were monitoring all institutions and all learners every day.