MIGORI BUSINESS PREMISES YET TO IMPROVISE HANDWASH SANITIZERS-By Basil Okoth

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As coronavirus concerns grow worldwide, and Kenyan government issuing ultimatum to public and private facilities to provide and display hand wash sanitizers to their customers to prevent the spread of the virus, several Migori facilities are yet to comply. 
A spot check done in Migori town today revealed that facilities including banks, supermarkets, bus park amongst others were not following the guidelines by the government. 
On March 13, 2020, the Cabinet Secretary for Health Mutahi Kagwe directed that those facilities to provide their clients with hand sanitizers and hand washing facilities. 
Through the statement, the government advised that individuals should maintain a distance of at least one meter between themselves and anyone else who is sneezing or coughing. 
The government also advised people who are coughing and sneezing to stay at home or to keep a social distance and to avoid mixing with others in a crowd. 
The government insisted that people maintain good respiratory hygiene by covering their mouth and nostrils while coughing and sneezing into a handkerchief, tissue or into a flexed elbow. 
CS Kagwe also called upon all Kenyans to be cautious and to work towards collective responsibility. 
Migori bodaboda operators led by Dickson Okinyi while improvising the hand wash materials said that they want their customers to wash their hands and also operators when they board from town and alight in town to avoid the spread of the virus. 
This was also supported by a Migori-Nairobi based shuttle operator Joshua Onyango saying that their customers coming into the shuttle plus operators must wash their hands. 
Linus Onyango, another bodaboda operator asked the government to close all the border outlets including Sirare so that the spread is contained. 
Migori based businessman Pius Olima aka Simba ja Uriri said that handshake in Migori is slowly dying as residents comply with government’s policies.