VIRUS CONTROL

NGO donates Sh1.5m face masks, sanitiser in Tharaka

Tanks will be given out in Kathangachini, Gatunga, Kibunga and Marimanti

In Summary

• Plan International project officer for health Martin Munyi said they chipped in as stakeholders of the multi-sectoral committee.

• He said the NGO has not relented in the fight against female genital mutilation despite the Covid-19 outbreak.

Residents of Tharaka Nithi have received water tanks, surgical masks and sanitiser materials worth Sh1.5 million from Plan International.

Project officer for health Martin Munyi said they chipped in as stakeholders of the multi-sectoral committee.

“We saw a gap in public awareness especially cleaning of hands and we decided to purchase tanks and posters and also educate residents,” Munyi said.

He said hand sanitiser will be made using World Health Organization standards in Marimanti and Chuka hospitals.

“We also identified a scarcity of hand sanitiser and purchased ethanol, hydrogen peroxide and glycerin,” he said. 

Munyi said the tanks will be given out in Kathangachini, Gatunga, Kibunga and Marimanti markets

He said the NGO has not relented in the fight against female genital mutilation despite the Covid-19 outbreak.

Munyi said Tharaka North, specifically Maragua location, was highly affected by the locust invasion.

About 800 families that were affected will be compensated, he said.

“So far we have identified about 800 vulnerable families that will receive unconditional cash transfer and we will use national government administration officers to identify the rest,” he said.

Munyi said each family will get Sh6,000 to buy food and other necessities.

Most of the organisation's major projects have been affected and their main focus is on Covid-19 control, he said.  

(edited by o. owino)