Taita Taveta county government has effected the ban on food stuffs from various countries affected by the deadly Coronavirus.
Deputy Governor Majala Mlagui said the move is among other measures that the county has taken to avert the outbreak of the virus in the county.
Mlagui said though the county is financially strained, it is prepared and has put in place more stringent measures to prevent the virus from hitting the county.
Speaking after an inspection exercise of the level of preparedness at the county isolation centre, Majala said the county is working closely with others stakeholders across the county to prevent the deadly disease.
“I want to commend our health staff for their exemplary and selfless efforts in averting the global pandemic, we will support them in ensuring we are all safe,” noted Ms Majala after inspecting the County Isolation centre.
She appealed to locals to observe the provided safety guidelines by the Ministry of and the county emergency response team, in a bid to keep away Coronavirus.
Mlagui also called on all business operators in the County to ensure they provide washing facilities such as clean water and liquid soap or alcohol – based hand sanitizer to their customers.
A clarion call has also been made by various medical experts worldwide to intensively wash, dust, and disinfect homes, vehicles, gym equipment and offices among others with the knowledge that the novel coronavirus is spread mostly through respiratory droplets (like mucus or saliva) from person to person, transmission can also happen by touching infected surfaces such as handles, light switches, door knobs, remote controls, and even smart phone touch screens.
Speaking at the Customs Centre boardroom in Tanzanian boarder during a county strategic security meeting, the County Commissioner Rhoda Onyancha reiterated the Government’s stand in ensuring that everybody comply with measures given by the Emergency Response teams.
“Nobody will be allowed into the country except Kenyan citizens and foreigners with valid resident or working permits, when allowed they must proceed to self-quarantine or to a Government-designated quarantine facility,” she said.
[Taita-Taveta County Deputy Governor majala Mlagui inspEcting the County Coronavirus isolation centre. Photo/TTGPS].
She revealed that porous borders places Kenya at risk from countries with confirmed cases, adding that the team will not relent on protecting Kenyans boundering Tanzania.
Meanwhile screening operations at the Holili-Taveta One Stop Border post have been enhances following directives that goods and people from countries with confirmed COVID-19 cases such as Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, among other will not be allowed into the Country.
She reiterated that there will be no more entry of foodstuffs such as cereals and vegetables which gets into Kenya through the Holili-Taveta border which has a one-stop market on the Kenyan side.