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Uhuru directs set up of welfare fund for front line health workers

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• Uhuru also lauded Kenyans who have put in efforts to invent, innovate and respond rapidly.

President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses the nation from State House, Nairobi, on Thursday, April 16, 2020.
President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses the nation from State House, Nairobi, on Thursday, April 16, 2020.
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President Uhuru Kenyatta has directed that a welfare fund be created for health workers in the front line fighting Covid-19.

In his address to the nation on Thursday from State House, Nairobi, the President said health workers play a critical role in the fight to flatten the curve.

The president urged Kenyans to take the measures set by the government seriously.

 
 

He said other countries in the world have buried hundreds of its citizens due to the virus and the same can be experienced in Kenya if people disobey the measures set including social distancing, wearing masks and washing hands.

Uhuru also lauded Kenyans who have put in efforts to invent, innovate and respond rapidly.

"It is in moments like this that the true character of a nation is revealed. Kenyans are showing that they can invent, innovate and respond rapidly to a major challenge that has not known its equal in many decades," he said.

In his address, the President also said the government has released Sh8.5 billion to help the elderly and vulnerable people.

He said several households in Nairobi have been identified which will receive the COVID-19 support stipend in these hard times of the pandemic.

the president said that 9 people tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hours out of 704 tests.

He said the number of deaths in the country have now reached 11 while 53 people have recovered.

The president also called upon Kenyans to continue following the rules set by the government to mitigate the spread of the virus.