90,000 masks have been issued by the government for immediate distribution to the three most affected counties in the Coast region.
Coast Regional Commissioner John Elungata said the mask came at a better time when the area is grappling with increasing cases of Covid-19.
Elungata said the masks will further prevent the spread of the disease calling on people to abide with health directives issued by the government including wearing face masks, washing hands, maintaining physical distance by avoiding crowded places.
The Coast regional coordinator said the fact that one tests positive is not a death sentence but under care they will recover from the disease as the many numbers reported by the national Covid committee in daily briefings at the national level.
15,000 of the masks will go to Kilifi and a similar number to Kwale while Mombasa will get 20,000 and a similar number for Kenya Ferry Services while Kenya Ports Authority operations will receive 10,000 masks.
Elungata said the masks will help reduce infections and transmission at the port where various cases had been reported.
Kenya Ports Authority operations Captain William Ruto thanked the government for the gesture saying it will highly ensure smooth flow of the essential services at the port of entry for cargo ships.
He said the port has more than 7000 port workers but the number has since been reduced slightly by around 10 percent due to the corona pandemic.
Captain Ruto added that the employees are working in three shifts and others from home around the clock to maintain social distance and ensure services at the port continue unhampered.
The Captain assured that measures to mitigate spread of corona have been put in place following the guidelines by the WHO and Maritime declaration of health for cargo ships before voyage and another check after arrival at the Mombasa port.