We should consider many things before reopening the economy — AMREF CEO Dr Githinji Gitahi
By Vincent Kejitan
| May 26th 2020
AMREF CEO Dr Githinji Gitahi on Monday stated that the
government needs to consider a number of things before reopening the economy.
Addressing the hazards of reopening the country, Gitahi said
it should be a gradual process that will be monitored to ensure the situation
does not get out of hand.
“It is not a switch that goes on or off…it is actually a
knob that you adjust as you go based on scientific evidence.
“The question is, are the numbers increasing every day? How
many people can one person infect?” he said.
Adding: “The government has to think about it…every country
is coming up with its own rules…”
Dr Gitahi further stated that there should be indicators for
closing again or limiting mobility.
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday hinted at easing the
measures that had been put in place to curb the spread of Coronavirus in the
While addressing the nation from State House, the Head of
State acknowledged that many Kenyans were enduring difficult times but the
measures in place had to be taken to ensure the situation does not get out of
He, however, stated that just like other countries, Kenya
will have to open up at some point.
“We cannot continue telling Kenyans to stay at home…for us
to reignite the economy, everyone has a role to play.
“You have the responsibility of looking out for yourself and
those around you,” he said.
Adding: “I have told officials from the Ministry of Health
to start telling Kenyans that we cannot continue with the lockdown and curfew.”
President Kenyatta said if life goes back to normal and the
virus starts spreading again it will be because people will not have adhered to
the guidelines issued.
“If we adhere to what we are told we shall overcome. I am
confident. There will come a time when we will open up the country and it will
boil down to the responsibility of each and every Kenyan,” he said.
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