- Ongwae said with the rise in recoveries, the public should treat Covid-19 like any other ailment.
- He launched distribution of 600,000 free face masks to members of the public in all 45 wards.
Kisii Governor James Ongwae has appealed to residents to stop stigmatising persons who have recovered from Covid-19 and accept them back in society.
Ongwae noted that with the rise in recoveries, the public should treat Covid-19 like any other ailment and continue adhering to the prescribed measures to prevent the spread of the virus.
He spoke during the launch of distribution of 600,000 free face masks to members of the public in all the 45 wards in Kisii county. The event was held at the Agricultural Training Centre in Kisii town.
The governor called for concerted efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19, observing that living with the pandemic was the new normal.
“The novel coronavirus is currently affecting all nations across the world and it is now necessary to step up preventive measures to enable people to resume normal operations even as we mull the possibility of gradually reopening the economy,” the governor said.
Ongwae said proper wearing of face masks had been cited as a key protective measure to keep Covid-19 at bay.
The governor said in keeping with directive given by President Uhuru Kenyatta, the Kisii county government had spent Sh22 million to procure the 600,000 quality, reusable face masks for free distribution to members of the public.
The masks will be given to MCAs who will in turn preside over the distribution to their residents.
He said the primary focus during the distribution will be the elderly and the poor in the villages, many of them hit hard by economic decline.
"We discourage those with means to leave our mamas in the villages and grandpas to receive these face masks first," Ongwae said.
County assembly Majority leader Timothy Ogugu said they had set aside part of the budget to help in the efforts to contain the virus.
"As we look forward to reopening of the economy by the President we are stepping up efforts to ensure each resident is safe under a face mask," the governor said.
Edited by Henry Makori