Stay alert to lower Covid-19 prevalence
By Editorial | December 23rd 2020
The government recently ordered 24 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine. In the midst of great despair induced by the exponential rise in Covid-19 positive cases, that was good news indeed.
The Ministry of Health has, nevertheless, clarified that the initial vaccines will be given to vulnerable groups that include health workers, police officers, teachers and citizens above 50 years of age because of their susceptibility to coronavirus.
Still on the positive side, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said in a recent interview that the positivity rate for Covid- 19 has gone down, but urged citizens not to drop their guard.
The CS’s admonition cannot be overemphasized for the simple reason that Kenya is not yet out of the woods.
We are approaching the festive Christmas period when many people are likely to throw caution to the wind even though we must stay alert to the dangers of Covid-19. While learning institutions are scheduled to open on January 4, 2021, it is doubtful that most of the schools will have met the prescribed safety requirements to keep learners, subordinate staff and teachers safe by then.
Added to that, news of a new strain of coronavirus that seems to target the younger population in Europe, so far, is worrying.
The first strain caused more fatalities in individuals above 50 years of age. This new threat demands that extreme measures be taken to protect Kenyans.
The Government should not procrastinate over the closing our airspace if air travel will expose us more to the new strain of coronavirus. The greater responsibility for safety, however, lies with individual citizens.
Our experience shows that the public health system is ill equipped to handle coronavirus, all the more reason nobody should take chances.
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