Religious leaders in Garissa have ordered the closure of Madrassa and dugsi (basic Quran learning institution) following global corona outbreak.
Speaking at a press conference, the leaders comprising of Supreme Council of Kenya (Supkem), Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya (CIPK) as well Association of Quranic teachers said the directives is in line with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s to take caution with the deadly virus.
Garissa branch Supkem Chairman Abdullahi Salat said they have also directed that mosque committees should ensure sanitizers and enough water are available adding that the environment of the mosque should also be cleaned thoroughly.
He said urged religious leaders to use the pulpits to promote person hygiene and also enhanced prayers to God to against the Corona Virus scourge that has been declared a global pandemic.
“Religious leaders should conduct mass prayers to ask Allah’s intervention against Corona virus,” Mr Salat told journalist yesterday at their offices.
He also asked the devolved units to closed down all miraa selling outlets because they said their environment is unhygienic that may aid in the spread of the deadly virus.
In circular, Governor Roba encouraged locals to immediately contact the nearest Hospital on any suspected case of the COVID 19 within the county.
The governor said border entry points in Mandera town must have screening facilities manned by Ministry of Health staff and local security agencies.
However, concerns have been raised over long and porous Kenya Somalia border.
“Passengers in buses entering Mandera County will be screened at Kutulo along Wajir-Mandera route and at Qofole for Moyale-Mandera route,” read the circular.
“In addition buses will only stop at designated bus parks in Mandera County where disembarking and embarking passengers will be screened, No bus or matatu is allowed to drop or pick any passenger outside the designated bus park with screening facilities within their destinations,” it added.
The county has also set up 10-bed isolation and quarantine facility at Mandera County Referral Hospital besides additional 47-bed infectious disease hospital within Mandera Town and others at Elwak, Takaba, Kutulo, Lafey, Banisa, and Rhamu.
The county has also recalled all healthcare personnel on leave, this they said is to effectively put available resources and personnel to deal with the health emergency.
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