The United States Marines have donated over 200,000 washable masks to Lamu county. The masks which were distributed about two weeks ago will be given to students in schools.
The face masks made locally were given out by the marines based at Camp Simba, at the Manda Naval Base in Lamu West.
During a presser on Friday in Lamu town, Irungu Macharia the county commissioner most parents aren’t in a position to purchase masks.
Additionally, the covid-19 pandemic caused most parents to lose their jobs and businesses, which was their source of livelihood.
The masks will help school-going children to remain safe while taking lessons.
Further, the masks will help 100 per cent turnout in most schools because there will be no fear regarding the local transmission of the covid-19 virus.
“All our children will receive the distributed masks. We’ve come up with stringent measures that will ensure learners remain safe while in school. By providing the masks, we also want to ensure 100 per cent turn up in schools,” said Mr Macharia.
The commissioner requested all parents to ensure all their children returned to school. He additionally said the government had put measures in place to ensure the safety of all learners.
He also said Lamu had tackled the virus effectively with the county only reporting a few cases.
In the meantime, parents in Lamu county have urged the government to improve school infrastructure in the region and ensure the safety of their children.
Most village schools in Lamu have few classes making social distancing a challenge.