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Kanyamwa Kosewe MCA Nicholas Owaka speaks to the press in Homa Bay. Owaka told parents to stop sending their children to markets to avoid risks of contracting coronavirus. [James Omoro, Standard]

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Sending children to run errands could expose the entire family

Homa Bay MCA has told parents to stop sending their children to markets while hiding in houses, saying the move will expose the entire villages to coronavirus.

Kanyamwa Kosewe MCA Nicholas Owaka noted that many parents in Ndhiwa constituency who fear coronavirus have opted to send children to markets to purchase or sell goods, a move he said was counterproductive in curbing the spread of the virus.

Speaking to the press in his ward on Monday, Owaka urged parents to stop the habit because it could expose the entire family to the virus.

The Ward Rep said most children are still oblivious of social distancing and the personal hygiene, a situation he said exposes them to the virus from people they meet in the markets.

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“Many children do not resist handshakes or hugs more so from adults. This may make them come into contact with people infected with the virus,” Owaka said.

The MCA said it is wrong for parents to quarantine themselves at home and send children to markets.

“I am warning parents that they must be careful and monitor the movements of their children. Let children stay at home,” Owaka said, adding that adults should be the ones going to the market because they can keep the social distance.

He warned that the situation will lead to the spread of the coronavirus.

“A parent may think they are taking precautionary measures yet they end up acquiring the virus through their children,” said Owaka.

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The MCA has also cautioned Boda boda operators against carrying more than one passengers, saying it exposes them to risks of contracting the virus.

He told residents to take serious measures put by the government to curb the spread of the virus.

“One of the victims visited neighbouring Siaya county last week. Let everybody adhere to safety measures given by the government,” Owaka said.


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