Kenyans to receive phone messages on coronavirus


Kenyans to receive phone messages on coronavirus
Government Spokesman Col. Cyrus Oguna during a past address. PHOTO | COURTESY

In Summary

  • Government Spokesman Col. Cyrus Oguna, in a circular issued on Monday, said the Ministry of Health had partnered with Safaricom, Airtel and Telkom in a bid to ensure proper, timely and accurate public awareness.

The Communications Authority of Kenya has now approved sending of bulk information messages on coronavirus to all local mobile phone users.

Government Spokesman Col. Cyrus Oguna, in a circular issued on Monday, said the Ministry of Health had partnered with Safaricom, Airtel and Telkom in a bid to ensure proper, timely and accurate public awareness.

Col. Oguna added that the public awareness campaign will continue for as long as the coronavirus scare continues to persist.

“Following the outbreak of Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) globally, the Government set up a National Emergency Response Committee to look into measures of stopping importation of the virus into the country,” he stated.

“The measures include enhancement of preventive and disease management capabilities. Aspects of preventive measures encompass the need to keep the public informed and updated in order to create public awareness on the disease.”

The World Health Organization (WHO) has since also given a status update of positive cases of coronavirus in the Africa as follows; Algeria (20), Senegal (4), Togo (1), Nigeria (2), Cameroon (2), South Africa (3), Morocco (2), Egypt (55) and Tunisia (2).

WHO on Sunday confirmed that the number of countries and territories with confirmed cases of novel coronavirus has surpassed 100.

No positive case has been reported in Kenya.

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