By Dan Nyamanga.
Nyamira Kenya 12 June 2021…….The Indian, United Kingdom (UK) and Vietnam variants of the novel corona variants have been reported in Nyamira County and residents have been urged to put the spirit of keeping the now more deadly virus away.
County Commissioner Amos Mariba called on the residents to strictly adhere to the government directives and warned those flouting them with dire consequences.
He noted with concern the laxity witnessed recently in the fight against the virus.
Mariba who chairs the county multi-agency committee on the fight against corona virus said that over 5,000 people have been tested in the county where 811 results have turned positive for the disease so far.
Addressing the media in Nyamira, Mariba noted that the county has currently 67 active cases where 65 were under home based care and five receiving treatment from the Nyamira County Referral hospital, with severe symptoms.
“We currently have 67 active cases in our county and 62 are under the home based treatment whereas five are admitted at our county referral facility exhibiting severe symptoms as those of the Indian and UK variant”, he said.
Mariba also warned administrators allowing flouting the Ministry of Health (MoH) regulations and government directives of dire consequences.
He said that processions, night vigils, burials and gatherings exceeding 50 people are still banned and directive shall be implemented by local administrators.
“Any chief or assistant chief who will allow a night vigil, processions and burials exceeding 50 mourners will be sent home so that we employ those ready to implement government’s directives.
Churches should also encourage its aged members to stay at home and conduct two or three services to avoid crowding”, said Mariba.
Public servants who have been advised to work from home have also been
encouraged to adhere to the directive or face disciplinary action.
Citizens have also been encouraged to seek government services from sub county offices and avoid county headquarters, which has been considered and hotspot, unless on appointment.
“Not even residents will be allowed to visit the headquarter offices without
appointments for this period because they won’t be served. We encourage them to seek the services from the sub county offices across the county”, he added.
The County Commissioner also warned bars and restaurants owners who he noted have lowered the guard against the fight of corona virus and disregarding the directives that their premises will be closed indefinitely urging the police to ensure the order is implemented.