Coronavirus: Gov’t to distribute alcohol-based sanitizers to Kenyans for free


Coronavirus: Gov't to distribute alcohol-based sanitizers to Kenyans for free

In Summary

  • Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua, in a statement seen by Citizen Digital, said corporations in the oil industry have volunteered to produce the sanitizers.
  • Mr. Kinyua hence directed members of the multi-agency team to identify all ethanol held under any offences at the various ports and customs in the country.

The government is now set to start the manufacture of alcohol-based sanitizers to be distributed for free to Kenyans as a measure to control the coronavirus pandemic.

Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua, in a statement seen by Citizen Digital, said corporations in the oil industry have volunteered to produce the sanitizers.

Mr. Kinyua hence directed members of the multi-agency team to identify all ethanol held under any offences at the various ports and customs in the country.

This ethanol is then to be released to the Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) which will in turn liaise with the oil industry players for expedited manufacture and distribution.

“KPC will utilize an accountability framework for the manufacture and distribution of the sanitizers,” said the Public Service boss.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe on Wednesday announced that three more people have tested positive for coronavirus in Kenya, thereby bringing the total number of confirmed cases to seven.

CS Kagwe, speaking during a press confence at Afya House, said one of the newly reported cases involves a Burundian national who arrived in the country on Tuesday from Dubai.

The individual was reportedly picked out during routine screening at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and tests carried out National Influenza Centre as well as the Kenya Medical Research Institure (KEMRI) laboratories.

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