August 5, 2020

Enhance Surveillance to Curb COVID, Mvurya Urges Government

Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya. Image: (Courtesy)

By KAHONZI KALIWA

Email: thecoastnewspaper@gmail.com

Kwale county governor Salim Mvurya has called upon the national government to enhance a total lockdown at the one stop border in Lunga lunga to curb the spreading of covid_19 in the region. 
Speaking to journalists on Tuesday at county afya house Mvurya said already Kwale County has recorded a second positive case of covid_19 through the one stop border. 
” Yesterday 8 samples of blood were tested in KEMRI laboratory in Kilifi county and one tested positive ,and these are Kenyan citizens from Tanzania who were arrested at Lunga Lunga border and placed under forced quarantine in Lunga Lunga secondary ,” Said the governor.
He revealed that another 26 samples of blood had been taken to the laboratory awaiting results. 
“We have more than 30 people from Mombasa and Tanzania who are under forced quarantine in different public institutions in this county” confirmed Mvurya.
The county boss added that the county leadership in collaboration with the national government has put in place more measures at the Lunga Lunga border so as to arrest this deadly disease.

“We want to ensure that whoever will be crossing the border to be arrested and placed in mandatory 14 days quarantine,” pointed out the county boss.

New Lunga Lunga border post. Image: (Courtesy)

The governor urged residents living around the border to cooperate with the officers at the check point and report any incident of individuals unlawfully coming into this county from the neighboring counties and or country.
Mvurya called on the locals be on the lookout for those using inroads and report them to authorities because it has become very difficult to trace such people.
The county leader said that the lady who tested positive is undergoing treatment at Msambweni referral hospital the covid_19 unit that was launched three days ago.
” We are now urging all those who came into contact with her yo come forward and be tested after being put in a 14 days quarantine, ” said Mvurya .
The governor also urged residents living in Ng’ombeni area that borders Mombasa County to take caution lest they contacted the virus.
“We at high risk of getting more infections because our county borders a country and county that has high numbers of covid_19,” warned the county boss.

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