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Virus prevention in Kenya goes on matatu

Ministry of Transport put heavy rules

12-03-2020 by redazione

In order to prevent a possible Coronavirus epidemic also in its own country, the Government of Kenya is taking new measures from day to day and trying to adapt its prevention to the local population and its sociality, the deficit situation of health services and facilities.
In these days at local level preventive measures are being taken at various levels, but yesterday in Nairobi there was an important national meeting between the Ministry of Transport and representatives of the matatu associations. The most important and used vehicle for the transport of people is considered the most dangerous potential vehicle of contagion in the country for its citizens.
During the meeting, several issues were discussed and everyone agreed to implement as soon as possible an emergency plan to defend against the possible arrival of the first cases of Coronavirus in the capital and throughout Kenya. First of all, as already happens in airports and in many public places, the matatu will have to be equipped with sanitary detergents to be used by passengers, then they will have to absolutely respect the rules that provide for a certain number of seats and do not let more people board. 
The Director of the Department of Health Patrick Amoth has already launched an information and training campaign for matatu operators and from Nairobi they will transfer them to all the counties defined at risk through their doctors and technicians adequately prepared according to the rules transmitted by the World Health Organization.
At the same time, Transportation Minister James Macharia warned Matatu drivers and inspectors from mistreating Chinese citizens, as recently happened in the Capital and filmed with amateur videos. Prevention and respect at the basis of everything.
Even the staff of specialists at Aga Khan Hospital, including infectious disease expert Dr. Rodney Adams, have made it known that the climate of anxiety and panic must not prevail over rationality. "For now, simple preventative measures are enough, and any discomfort can be minimized immediately," they said in a note. Surely the fact that Kenya has not yet been reached by acclaimed cases can be a small advantage in the sea of uncertainty about how a new epidemic could be managed in this country.  

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