KMPDU Secretary-General, Dr Mwachonda Chibanzi, has warned against laxity as COVID cases continue to drop in the country.
Responding to a series of questions from the public, Dr Mwachonda said that the disease was not tired and remained very much a risk to all of us.
The news comes as Kenya confirmed 148 new COVID cases yesterday.
COVID very much alive and lethal
“COVID-19 is still very much at large in the country,” Dr Mwachonda said, “We must continue adhering to the preventive measures such as wearing masks in public spaces, washing our hands and sanitising, avoid unnecessary travel and large gatherings. The disease is not tired, unlike many Kenyans who are tired of adhering to the preventive measures.”
On the reopening of the economy, Dr Mwachonda praised the phased out manner in which it had been carried out. Now, he said, we had more information and experience on the disease. However, he cautioned against letting our guards down too soon.
‘Phased reopening commendable’
“The reopening has been phased so far, which is the standard way of managing a pandemic of this magnitude across the globe. It has largely been informed by the medical data from disease surveillance and the disease burden in the country.
“Unlike six months ago, there is now more information and experience of the disease. As a country, we should not let our guard down and celebrate because the virus is still present.”
School reopening date set
The warning by Dr Mwachonda comes at a time when the Education Ministry has set October 19th as the date for reopening schools.
The reopening will be phased. Standard seven and eight pupils and Grade four pupils will start to report on the said date for Primary schools. Form threes and fours then report on the same date for high school.
The other classes will then resume classes on November 2.