The Kenya Bureau of Standards on Tuesday announced that it
had banned the importation of second hand clothes and shoes, popularly known as
mitumba, until further notice.
KEBS stated that it arrived at the decision as a result of
the declaration of Coronavirus as a global pandemic.
“We wish to notify the General Public and all importers of
used garments and used shoes that the importation of used garments and used
footwear is hereby prohibited with immediate effect.
“No consignment of used garments and used footwear shall be
accepted from a country experiencing an epidemic,” read the statement in part.
Second hand-clothes take weeks, sometimes months, from
European countries where they are imported from to Kenya where they often
stored for more days before sale.
They often undergo various processes and in most cases they
are cleaned. The clothes are usually sprayed before they are shipped.
You are, however, always encouraged to wash the clothes
before you wear them.
According to WHO, the likelihood of an infected person
contaminating commercial goods is low and the risk of catching the virus that
causes Covid-19 from a package that has been moved, travelled, and exposed to
different conditions is quite low.
At the moment there is no specific medicine recommended to
prevent or treat the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
However, those infected with the virus should receive
appropriate care to relieve and treat symptoms, and those with severe illness
should receive optimized supportive care.
Some specific treatments are under investigation, and will
be tested through clinical trials.