NOT PREPARED

Kenya unprepared for coronavirus, at the mercy of gods

State recently let a Chinese airlines land at JKIA with 239 passengers

In Summary

• Health facilities are in shambles, with no equipment and staff to address the threat. 

• Dingy overcrowded public transport, markets and schools are catalysts of infection by the deadly virus that has infected more than 86,000 people globally. 

Matatus along Tom Mboya Street in Nairobi.
CONGESTION: Matatus along Tom Mboya Street in Nairobi.
Image: EZEKIEL AMING'A

Kenya is not prepared for a case of coronavirus and citizens are badly exposed.

By now, institutions should have installed sanitisers in washrooms, entrances and corridors among other areas frequented by people. You would be appalled by the state of most common places in the city, some resembling dungeons. The level of human contact in Kenya and other populated cities increases the risk of contracting common airborne illness. 

The dingy overcrowded public transport, markets and schools are catalysts of infection by the deadly virus that has infected more than 86,000 people globally.

The health facilities are in shambles, with no equipment and staff to address the threat. We have been surviving at the mercy of the gods, not government's intervention. Our government is sitting on a time bomb and does not seem to understand the magnitude of the matter. 

Migori