SERIOUS BUSINESS

Meru conducts mandatory coronavirus screening at entry points

Travellers are screened for abnormal body temperatures

In Summary

• Travellers with abnormal temperatures will be referred to hospitals for further tests.

• The administration has revoked the licences of more than 30 bars that defied the order to close.

 

The Meru county government has started screening for coronavirus at the major entry points of Keeria, Nanyuki and Isiolo.

This decision was arrived at after a case of suspected Covid-19 was isolated at Meru Level 5 Hospital for 14 days.

The travellers are being screened for abnormal body temperature. Those with abnormal temperatures will be referred to hospitals for further tests.

Chief of staff Gideon Kimathi and Health executive Misheck Mutuma, who were present at Keeria, called for cooperation by motorists.

They were accompanied by the chief officer of Health Kanana Kimonye, police, county enforcement officers and senior public health officials.

Anybody arriving from abroad must self-quarantine, or else they will be forcefully placed in isolation wards, Mutuma said.

"We have to know the status of all visitors entering Meru to ensure our people are safe," Kimathi said.

Meanwhile, the Kiraitu Murungi administration has revoked licences of more than 30 bars that had defied the order to close.

County police commander Patrick Lumumba has said police will not allow overcrowding.

The warning came soon after police and county askaris forcefully dispersed traders from Ntharene market.

Lumumba said: “Officers have started a crackdown on restaurants that have not adhered to the directive to close. We have sent out officers to ensure compliance.”

Mutuma has called on business owners to ensure that they have running water and soap in their premises to contain the spread of the virus.

"We will supply our markets and stages with water tanks, soaps and sanitisers to be used by the public for ensuring general hygiene," he said.