By Brighton Makori
Kibos Sugar Company Limited of Kisumu has donated 3,000 litres of sanitizer’s worth over Ksh. 10 million to Kisii County Government to combat COVID-19.
The alcohol based sanitizers will be evenly distributed to various vulnerable groups including Boda Boda operators, traders and members of the public across the County.
At the same time, members of the Kisii Town business community through the Chamber of commerce and Industry Kisii Chapter have given assorted personal protection equipment (PPE) and lime for spot marking worth over Ksh. 1 million towards the cause.
Speaking when he received the items, Governor James Ongwae thanked various partners for supporting the county well-wishers for support the county fight the deadly disease noting that his officers are working around the clock to ensure that directives outlined by the ministry of health are adhered.
“Some of the equipment will be used in establishing a pilot ‘Protected and controlled Market’ at Daraja Mbili to help traders sell their wares in a safe environment. We will then model market centres along the same line to maintain social distancing among market goers,” said the Governor.
Ongwae observed the efforts are geared towards ensuring that there is a steady supply of food commodities to residents noting that controlled market centers dealing in food-stuff must adhere to the social distancing guidelines.
Already, Lake Victoria Water Works Development Agency (LVWDA) has partnered with the county Government to install mini water tank towers across the streets of Kisii town and its environs to facilitate regular hand washing among residents.
“I urge stakeholders to tirelessly chip in helping us protect our people against the danger posed by the pandemic. Members of the public should adhere to the guidelines set by the Ministry of Health including washing hands regularly with running soapy water and maintaining social distancing so as to keep COVID-19 at bay,” he said.
By Brighton Makori