The surge of COVID-19 infections and deaths in the country has attracted the attention of the World Health Organization (WHO) which has warned the Kenyan government to lead by example or the country would face a huge task in the fight against the virus.
In a letter addressed to Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, WHO through Dr. Rudi Eggers raised a red flag stating that it would like to see all leaders at all levels of government and society lead by example to Kenyans.
“WHO would like to see the Government of Kenya, have all leaders at all levels of government and society and all politicians lead by example by assuring that they visibly demonstrate their personal compliance to the government directives,” read part of the letter.
The letter warned all the effort put by the government to fight the pandemic could all come crumbling down if politicians and government officials continued to go against the directives put to fight the virus.
WHO highlighted 11 things that the government needed to push for which were wearing masks, public gatherings, public spaces, healthcare workers, public transport, testing and funding in counties, community engagement, contact tracing, isolation, reporting, and surveillance.
WHO criticized the government over the manner in which it was enforcing the COVID-19 rules. It called on the government to strictly see Kenyans wear face masks the right way adding that the majority of the population were wearing it the wrong way.
The letter asked the government to limit the number of people traveling using public transport saying that it was one of the quickest ways to contract the virus.
It called on the government to enforce regular sanitizing of the interior of the vehicles and provision of sanitizers anytime passengers enter the PSVs.
WHO went on to appeal to the government to offer healthcare workers maximum protection and if one of them contracts the virus, they require dedicated medical attention and care in designated care facilities.
The country has so far lost one doctor to the virus while over 600 workers have been infected. Kenya has so far recorded 19,125 cases with 311 deaths and 8,021 recoveries.