Nairobi Metropolitan Services Director General Mohamed Badi, on Thursday, March 26, 2020, convened a meeting to discuss contingency measures for the county following the Covid-19 virus outbreak in the country.
The general, along with Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja chaired the meeting that was attended by Women Representative Esther Passaris along with several other legislators from the county.
The discussions were centred on the provision of water, food security and other related issues to ensure safety and well being of residents during this period.
“There are specific interventions and measures being solidified as we secure funding to the Nairobi Metropolitan Service to ensure public safety and the protection of livelihoods for the millions of Nairobians who are vulnerable at this time,” Sakaja stated.
Passaris stated that her office was ready to work with NMS along with legislators to complement the government’s efforts to shield and cushion Nairobi residents from the socio-economic impact of the Covid-19 virus.
Following the outbreak and confirmation of more Coronavirus cases in the country which has seen the tally rise to 28 as of March 25, 2020, several counties have since moved to enact measures to curb further spread of the virus.
On March 25, Nakuru County Commissioner Erastus Mbui ordered the closure of all markets in the county, further moving to kick out boda boda and matatu operators from the town’s central business district.
Mbui stated that a lockdown of the CBD was in the people’s best interests amid the pandemic.
Nairobi county has in the past few days conducted fumigation operations within the city’s CBD and markets. This, Health CEC Hitan Majevdia stated would help curb further spread of the virus.
President Uhuru Kenyatta on March 25, ordered a nationwide curfew from 7 p.m to 5 a.m starting Friday, March 27, 2020. The directive by the head of state was a measure to shield Kenyans from the virus.
Kenyans plying their trades in the informal sector have since called upon the government to take their plight into consideration, some arguing that a total lockdown would mean no work for them, and as result, they would be unable to fend for their families.
Senator Sakaja stated that the meeting convened by the Nairobi leaders was to establish a plan to get Nairobians through this period.