The National Security of Kenya has announced three measures they will be taking to handle coronavirus (COVID-19).
Through a statement from the State House, an emergency session of the NSC met on Friday morning March 13, and received a report from the National Emergency Response Committee concerning the COVID-19.
After the meeting, the Council directed that;
• The National Security infrastructure is mobilized to back the National Emergency Response Committee on all the precautionary measures.
• Additional medical personnel be recruited and retained on an emergency basic contract to support the precautionary management measures and
• All National Government Administration Officers in the country, right from National to sub-location level to be tasked immediately to ensure that all the measures announced by the committee including continued public awareness on the role of hygiene in the prevention of the spread of coronavirus.
In addition, the government urged Kenyans to remain clam, continue with their day to day activities and observe good hygiene.
“The Government will do everything possible to ensure effective response to the now global challenge of COVID19 and would like to encourage Kenyans to remain calm, and continue with their regular day-to-day activities but remain vigilant, keep good hygiene, observe self-quarantine where necessary,” read part of the statement.
On Friday morning, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe announced the first coronavirus case in the country.
He said that a Kenyan lady who travelled from Ohio, USA, via London to Nairobi tested positive for the virus but she is stable and in good condition. She is currently isolated at the Kenyatta National Hospital.
"The government has taken preventative measures and is monitoring the patient... who is stable," said the health CS
Speaking during a press conference at Harambee House, CS Kagwe stated that all public rallies have been banned with no exception. This comes at a time when political leaders had scheduled to hold the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) rallies across the country.
"We have suspended all public activities, meetings, religious crusades, games and all events that are of a huge public measure. Normal church services can go on provided that they provide sanitising and hand washing as people go into the worshipping areas. We have also suspended all inter-school events but schools remain open," said Kagwe.