More COVID-19 sensitization required in Kenya’s grassroots

By Weche Dennis | Thursday, Apr 2nd 2020 at 12:32
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COVID-19 alias Coronavirus knocked the doors of Kenya at the time when little or no sensitization was carried out. The country was at the tip of politics. The majority of Kenyans' focus was on politics. We had less conversation on the possible outbreak of the virus, putting in mind that it'd eventually stop everything, including the then sparkling Reggae, Kileweke & Tangatanga politics.

Today as I write everything is halted, Kenyans in some parts of the country whose lifestyle impedes them from following current events might be thinking that the country is simply preparing for a referendum.

Our leaders had focused much on the push for constitutional reforms than what really ails the country. Gigantic movements had emerged; almost every Kenyan had a clue of what was happening across the country, unlike today, where the same politicians, apart from a few, have made efforts to sensitize their electorates on the need to take necessary precautions following the outbreak of this monster.

The government of Kenya must take the issue of sensitization about the pandemic with a lot of seriousness. If possible, posters and inroad roadshows should be made mandatory. Our vernacular radio stations should be used to spread these messages so as to help even the illiterate Kenyans understanding what is ailing the country.

However, I'm embraced with the efforts being put in place by President Uhuru Kenyatta through the Ministry of Health. The Ministry under the leadership of CS Mutahi Kagwe is tirelessly updating Kenyans on the progress of those patients who contracted to the virus, including their status. This is a great move that I must appreciate.

Kenyans must join together towards the fight of this monster. This means that we must speak one language, feed the public with authentic and relevant information. What some leaders do not know is that Kenyans thrives on propaganda than reality. It is time we stick on proper feeding of information to the public to avoid misinterpretation and creating unnecessary tension to Kenyans.

Some communities still believe in strong cultural ties. These bygone cultural yolks have costed very many Kenyans. Many have failed to adhere to the respective government's directives but instead leaned on their own practices. This sums up my point of proper sensitization. We need not lose any Kenyan through coronavirus.

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