In photos: Officials from the Ministry of Health disinfect Nairobi’s CBD
Officials from the Ministry of Health have kicked off a fumigation exercise of Nairobi Streets to avert the spread of the coronavirus.
On Wednesday, City Hall had received 700 litres of chemicals to help in the fumigation exercise.
The exercise began at 9am on Thursday with officials dressed in protective gear and spray pumps spraying the streets and walk ways around the GPO.
The exercise which is being conducted by the stakeholders in public health will sanitize public places; bus stops, buses, market places and city walls around the Central Business District.
This comes a day after Kenya confirmed three more cases of the coronavirus, bring the tally to 7.
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Health CS Mutahi Kagwe, speaking during a press conference 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 Institute (KEMRI) laboratories.
The CS added that the government is presently tracking down any other persons that may have come into contact with the individual.
He also stated that 18 people who are presumptive for the coronavirus are presently admitted at the Mbagathi isolation centre, 7 of whom have since been screened and tested negative and are being discharged.
CS Kagwe said the threat of the coronavirus spreading in the country is being presented by Kenyans who have travelled abroad.
The CS also revealed that Kenyan doctors as well as their colleagues from at least 20 other countries, including China, on Wednesday morning engaged in a video call where they shared knowledge on how to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.
Kenya appears to have borrowed a leaf from other countries that have swung in two fumigate entire cities to slow down the epidemic.
For example, during the height of the outbreak in China’s city of Wuhan, the government was disinfecting some cities at least twice daily
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