Police sensitizing members of the public on COVID-19 mitigation measures in Seme. Photo/Courtesy
That the number of COVID-19 cases is rapidly rising in Kisumu County is an issue already in the public domain.
As such, one would expect police to go out full swing arresting and arraigning in court, members of the public who disregard the COVID-19 mitigation measures such as not wearing face masks in public.
However, police in Kisumu County have decided to use a totally different approach in fighting spread of the virus, as was witnessed in Seme Sub County on Wednesday.
Police attached to Kombewa Police Station in Seme were at Barkorwa Market not to arrest culprits, but to sensitize members of the public on the need to strictly observe COVID-19 mitigation measures communicated by the Ministry of Health.
According to Kisumu County Police Commander Samuel Anampiu, the move is aimed at driving the point home on being careful against the spread of the virus, besides ensuring that police cells do not become super spreaders, by virtue of being full of those who disregard the measures.
Anampiu said that during the public outreach at Barkorwa Market, police urged members of the public to get tested in order to know their COVID-19 status. He said the initiative is being undertaken across the Kisumu County.
“All the Sub Counties in Kisumu County and by extension the whole of Nyanza region,” he said. Kisumu has 7 Sub Counties namely: Kisumu Central, Kisumu East, Kisumu West, Seme, Nyando, Nyakach and Muhoroni.
MOH's COVID-19 statistics. Photo/Courtesy
The Ministry of Health’s Wednesday’s COVID-19 statistics put Kisumu at number 1 in terms of new COVID-19 new infections in the Country in the last 24 hours.
The Lakeside County registered 100 new infections, followed by Nairobi with 91. Bungoma is third with 60 cases, Homabay 54, Siaya 59 while Uasin Gishu closed the top six list with 37 cases.
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