The Council of Governors (CoG) has proposed that no more trucks should be allowed to leave the port of Mombasa until the current snarl-up at the Kenya-Uganda border of Malaba is cleared.
The council through its chairman Wycliffe Oparanya says the current situation at the border has made it difficult to manage the current Covid-19 pandemic since most of the reported incidents of the virus in the western region were by truck drivers.
Speaking in Kakamega, Governor Oparanya called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene on the issue and bring a lasting solution.
Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Rashid Aman Wednesday during the daily briefing noted the increasing cases among truck drivers and the flouting of the Covid-19 guidelines issued by the ministry.
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Truck drivers are required to take a Covid-19 test every 14 days and 48 hours before they depart for neighbouring countries, a guideline that a majority are not adhering to causing congestion at the borders.
“We have noted that a majority of truck drivers arrive at our borders without this valid document, expecting to be tested at the border. This has caused unnecessary snarl-ups and delays that you have witnessed. These are scenarios that can very easily be avoided,” said Mr Aman.
123 new cases were reported on Wednesday, 35 of them being truckers. Busia had 20 cases all from truck drivers at the Malaba border, while the 12 cases in Uasin Gishu were reported among truck drivers in Turbo. Three in Kajiado picked from truck drivers at Namanga border.
Oparanya also noted the reduced utilization of hospitals and other health facilities by Kenyans due to the fear of contracting Covid-19 virus.
The Chair urged Kenyans to continue utilizing the facilities assuring them that proper precautions have been put in place to protect all patients from the virus.
Oparanya who is also the Kakamega Governor urged police to implement curfew rules with dignity and human heart, adding that the Council is working with Independent Police Oversight Authority IPOA and other relevant organs to ensure justice for the victims of police brutality during curfew hours.
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