Coast based civil society organisations want the government to immediately suspend all international flights heading to Moi International Airport in Changamwe, Mombasa.
They said the move will reduce the risk of exposing locals from the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Mombasa.
Addressing journalists at the Coast General referral hospital in Mombasa on Wednesday, Coast civil society organisation’s Chairperson Zedekia Adika unrged the government to concentrate more on the major entry point among them the airport and the Mombasa port.
The activist also pointed out concerns with some financial institutions.
“Forex bureaus handle large amounts of money. We expected them to provide sanitisers, water and soap but to our surprise, there lack such essentials,” noted Mr. Adika.
Adika singled out the public transport sector which is yet to embrace any hygiene measures.
He further noted that out of the 4 markets that they have visited none of them has adhered to the health Ministry safety guidelines.
“The government should enhance public awareness on health measures n the COVID-19 virus,” revealed the lawyer.
On his part, Haki Africa Executive Director Hussein Khalid wants all international flights to Mombasa be diverted to Nairobi.
He said Nairobi is more equipped and fully prepared to handle COVID-19 patients.
“We are satisfied with what we have seen at the Coast General Referral Hospital. However such efforts and preparedness should trickle down to all Sub-county hospitals,” he revealed.
He also wants free treatment for the Coronavirus victims.
The human rights defender also called for a special emergency kitty to fund Coronavirus patients.
“As rights defenders we have suspended all our programs and have joined hands with both the County and National government health officials to ensure that our community is safe from this pandemic,” noted Mr. Khalid.
[Human rights defenders in an inspection tour of the level of COVID-19 preparedness at the Coast General Referral Hospital. Photo/Atrash Bwana].
Meanwhile, Alwi Mohammed, a Mombasa based Muslim cleric has urged Kenyans to adhere to health guidelines to avert more Corona virus cases in the country.
He also wants Kenyans to restrict themselves from visiting densely populated areas as precautionary measures against the virus.
“It is important for us to take precaution. You cannot visit a crowded place in the name of being a faithful. No religion permits us to do that,” he said.
the fears comes as Coronavirus cases in Kenya on Wednesday hit 7 after a couple from Spain and a Rwandees tested positive of the disease.
The civil society rapid response team drawn from 12 different organisations visited 17 health facilities, 10 banks, supermarkets and 4 markets within Mombasa to assert the preparedness against the COVID-19 Virus.