Wajir quarantines four nabbed near border

The authorities in Wajir town of Kenya’s northeastern region have sent four people to quarantine centre, a move to prevent the county from Coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking to the media, County Commissioner Jacob Narengo said the four will be kept at the centre for 14 days.

“Our officers are under strict instructions to stop anybody coming into and out of the country for vetting since we don’t know the intention now that travel has been halted by the government,” Mr Narengo said this week.

The officer said the authorities dispatches ambulance to Diff, where they were found, to pick them up and take them to Wajir County Referral Hospital.

From Somalia

 

According to Mr. Narengo, the four people from Somalia, who were intercepted at the border with Kenya.

Narengo said security agencies held them since they were from a country affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

It is not immediately clear which town of Somalia did the four travelled from as the four are yet speak to media.

The county’s Health executive, Mr Ismail Isack said the four are normal but could asymptomatic as the cases of Coronavirus in Somalia is its uptake.

Share no food

The health official said despite Somali government, people do not follow guidelines by the government and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Mr Isack said samples from the four would be tested at the recently unveiled regional laboratory and results announced after a few days.

He affirmed there was not yet a cause for alarm in Wajir.

Mr Isack noted, however, that the county was still at high risk risk due to behavioural and cultural challenges.

“We’ve noticed that our people are not taking this disease with the seriousness it deserves,” he said. “Somalia is now suffering because of this. We urge residents to be careful henceforth.”

He also warned the people against sharing meals during Iftar to reduce the risk of transmission and urged families to prepare takeaway meals for the less fortunate instead of gathering in large group to share.

“Let’s take this matter seriously. This disease is not a joke, ” he said.

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