WHO Country Representative Dr. Rudi Eggers, sent out a letter to Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, warning him over a worrying trend that could derail Kenya’s war against the pandemic.

Dr. Eggers, in the letter dated July 22, highlighted 12 key areas as potential hazards that could result in a health crisis.

The 12 major facets were detailed as: wearing of masks, public gatherings, public spaces, healthcare workers, public transport, testing and funding in counties, community engagement, contact tracing, isolation, reporting and surveillance.

“WHO would like to see the Government of Kenya, have all leaders at all levels of government and society and all politicians lead by example by assuring that they visibly demonstrate their personal compliance to the government directives,” the letter reads in part.

Kenya Govt Receives Covid-19 Alert From WHO

A medical practitioner dressed in protective gear at Coronavirus isolation and treatment facility in Mbagathi District Hospital on Friday, March 6, 2020.

Simon Kiragu


According to recommendations by the world health governing body, public transport could still pose the biggest risk yet.

It thus recommended strict limitations in public transport with emphasis on personal space.

Further, CS Kagwe was asked to ensure the adherence of matatu operators to the stipulated guidelines including the regular sanitising of vehicle interiors as well as the provision of hand sanitisers on entering the PSVs.

However, the global health body pointed out regular flouting of health and safety measures as Kenya’s weakest point in the war against the pandemic.

The letter highlighted public gatherings among other restrictions as being openly ignored by the leaders, arguing that this had a direct effect on the population.

WHO also urged the CS to ensure that health workers were properly equipped to handle the pandemic, singling them out as the single most important weapon against .

Kenya’s latest warning comes in the wake of a public outcry across the nation over the blatant disregard of rules by elected leaders.

The general public have been voicing their concerns over the double standards in implementation of the rules, in that several Kenyans have been brutalised by law enforcers while politicians seem to get off with little to no consequence.

Recently, Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja was apprehended by police officers for breaking the 9 pm to 4 am mandatory curfew rule.

During his address to the nation on July 27, President instructed the Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai to spare no one, including state officials, who are caught on the wrong side of the law.

Kenya, as of July, 29, had recorded a total of 19,125 cases, 311 fatalities, with 8,021 individuals recovering fully from the Coronavirus.

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