North Rift Economic Bloc (NOREB) Governors have closed all the morgues in the region in the wake of the Corona virus scare.
Speaking to journalists in Eldoret town today, the bloc chair Jackson Mandago who is also the Uasin Gishu Governor said this was one of the precautions aimed at cutting the spread chain of the virus that has stunned the world.
The Governors also ordered that all burials to be conducted within 24 hours once death occurs.
“The burials should not be attended by more than 50 people,” Mandago said.
Open air markets were also ordered closed for 30 days as the disease is being monitored.
“Open air markets are among places which are highly prone to the viral diseases and we have resolved to closing them in a bid to contain probable spread of the virus to our region,” he said.
In thier joint statement, the Governors appealed to the national government to equip Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) with COVID-19 test kits and certify the facility as testing centre.
This, the Governors said, will ease pressure at hospitals already providing the service and shorten the time taken to relay the results of testing.
The county heads also said they will convene a meeting with the interfaith leaders to seek ways of avoiding religious gatherings.
“We shall call a meeting with interfaith leaders to hold talks on way forward as far as religion gatherings are concerned,” Mandago noted.
Supermarkets and other retail outlets were warned against inflating prices of hand sanitizers.
“The supermarkets should be thinking of even selling the sanitizers at a discount. Those who sell at inflated prices will have their licenses recalled,” said Mandago.
At the same time, hoteliers in the region were ordered to keep details of their visitors to help trace in case of suspicious cases of the virus.
The Govenors disclosed that a total of 290 isolation beds have been set aside for the response of the Corvid 19 virus in the region.
The isolation bed capacity per county in the region is as follows: Baringo 10, Nandi 18, Uasin Gishu 120, Tranzoia 32, Elgeyo Marakwet 25 and Samburu 30.
Tranzoia has 25 beds while Turkana has 30, according to the Governors.
They warned those meddling rumours and misinformation on social media and urged the public to remain calm.
Valid information concerning the Corvid 19 pandemic will be communicated by the Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe from time to time, the Governors added.
Present was West Pokot’s Prof John Longanyapuo, Nandi’s Stephen Sang, Baringo’s Stanley Kiptis and Tranzoias Patric Khaemba.
Story By Edmond Kipng’eno