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Covid-19: KWEYA calls for sensitization of rural communities to contain spread

KWEYA chair laments that despite effort to distribute face masks to reach many in the rural areas as possible; many people still do not observe social distancing and go without wearing masks 

By Faith Nashipae

Kajiado West Youth Alliance (KWEYA) takes a front line in the war against Covid-19 pandemic by sensitizing the rural based population on prevention measures.

The youth lobby group, in partnership with the Office of the Deputy Governor Martin Moshisho, and that of the County Minister for Education Jeremiah ole Ncharo have distributed 3350 face masks and 60,000ml hand sanitizers to residents in the remote areas of the vast Kajiado West Constituency over the last three weeks.

KWEYA Chairman Amos Lemayian told Kajiado Star that his office took the initiative after he realized that majority of the residents could not afford to buy the essential items in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic.

“While others have put an effort to purchase some pieces for themselves and their family members, the money for buying new ones again and again, at such a time of unprecedented economic hardships, is not easy to come by.

He added: “Hence the need to add them some more to compliment the ones that are already available, and to provide for those who do not have.”

However, he lamented that despite the effort to distribute face masks to reach many in the rural as possible; many people still do not observe social distancing and go without wearing masks. “There is need for awareness creation and enforcement by the local authorities to prevent the spread of Covid-19,” said the Youth Champion.

He reiterated that the youth group has continued to carry out health and safety awareness activities both in showing the community the importance of wearing masks and frequent hand washing which will go a long way in maintaining the World Health Organization (WHO) and Ministry of Health standards of preventing the spread of Coronavirus disease.

Lemayian challenged leaders to keep sensitising residents in order to ensure nobody is left behind in addressing the fight against Covid-19 pandemic and everyone must be well informed.

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