24 counties yet to set up coronavirus emergency centres
By Graham Kajilwa and Augustine Oduor | March 12th 2020
Education CS George Magoha has directed students, teachers, and non-teaching staff to avoid shaking hands as Kenya prepares for handle any coronavirus case.
This comes even as the Council of Governors (CoG) announced that only 23 counties have put in place measures directed by the National Emergency Response Committee.
The committee, chaired by Health CS Mutahi Kagwe had directed counties to set up coronavirus emergency response centres in all levels four and five hospitals.
But CoG's health committee chair, Governor Mohammed Kuti said 24 counties were still in the process of setting up the centres.
However, Governor Kuti did not give a list of the counties.
Some 14 counties have been identified as coronavirus high-risk regions. This includes those at the country's main points of entry.
So far there is no case of the virus detected in the country. Even so, government ministries and agencies are putting in place measures to ensure the safety of Kenyans.
In a circular dated March 4 to all regional, county and sub-county education directors, the Education ministry urges all learners and staff to be cautious.
“It is important that all learning institutions take appropriate prevention and response measures,” wrote Prof Magoha, directing heads of all learning institutions to liaise with the nearest public health offices for proper information the disease.
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