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Ongwae orders closure of Daraja Mbili Market

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Through a note signed by the governor from the Kisii Emergency Response Committee the market was closed down Daraja Mbili as a means to help stop the spread of the Coronavirusvirus (COVID19)

A file Photo of a trader selling tomatoes at Daraja Mbili Market. The market is one of the largest markets in South Nyanza

Kisii county governor James Ongwae has shut down all markets in Kisii County including the famous Daraja Mbili Market.

Through a note signed by the governor from the Kisii Emergency Response Committee the market was closed down Daraja Mbili as a means to help stop the spread of the Coronavirusvirus (COVID19)

In a resolution signed by the governor, and reached by the committee preparing for the control of the Coronavirus (COVID19).

All other markets in the county have also been closed for a period of 30 days. County staff will stay away from their work station until further notice.

In the resolutions, the committee said the measures are a means of stopping any further spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and complementing those of the national disaster management of the virus by Health Cs Mutahi Kagwe.

The closure of Daraja Mbili market means that more than 3,000 traders who sell their wares every Monday and Thursday will have to keep off the area during the said period.

The governor has also ordered the release of county staff workers in all departments except those offering essential services with caution and care while undergoing with their duties .

Also affected are Bars and other entertainment centers which will strictly be operating between 5pm and 11pm respectively.

The committee will be manned by an operational command centre with ambulance services comprising of eight teams including that of Procurement, Communication,Clinical team, Response and Resource Mobilization, and that of Compliance.

On the other hand  the CEC incharge of Health Sarah Omache, has also asked  supermarkets, banks  and entertainment  joints  to have sanitizers  and hand washing  facilities  with  soap  at the  entrance. 

” The  County health has mapped out risk areas and ensured that effective measures are put in place which include disinfection By appropriate fumigation ways possible”  Mrs Omache added.

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