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Duale joins drive against coronavirus spread

NAIROBI
By Jacob Ngetich | April 20th 2020

A Nairobi fire department disaster manager sprays buildings in Eastleigh with a chemical disinfectant. The Eastleigh business community has closed shops and malls for a week to allow the process. [John Muchucha, Standard]

National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale yesterday joined Eastleigh business leaders and prominent Somali Muslim scholars to create awareness on the Covid-19 pandemic.

The professionals backed the closing down of all malls and shops in Eastleigh to allow a week long government fumigation exercise.

The Ministry of Health is conducting the exercise after which the shut premises will be inspected and given health certificates before resuming operation.

Duale said the business community resolved to resume business once they fully met the stringent health guidelines issued by the State.

"We also agreed that all shops and malls have sanitisers and hand washing places for their clients. The social distancing rules will also be adhered to," he said.

The leaders were quick to appeal to the newly created Nairobi Metropolitan services to clear heaps of garbage in Eastleigh and unblock all sewer lines.

The group urged the Somali community and Kenyans in general to follow the directives of Health CS Mutahi Kagwe.

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"It is the collective moral responsibility of all the 47 million Kenyans, regardless of our ethnic, religious and social status, to comply with the health restrictions," said Duale.

"Remember also to pray to the Almighty God at this hour of trial." 

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