Mombasa becomes the first county to abolish hand shaking over Coronavirus fear

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Mombasa County is now the first among the 14 counties listed on the Coronavirus spread risk, to set rules meant to curb the spread of the viral flu.

The County health officials called on residents to remain vigilant, as the county remains a major tourist attraction region in the country, and heed the simple set rules and measures.

Among these rules include avoiding intimate actions such as kissing, hugging and shaking hands.

Public Health Chief Officer Aisha Abubakar said that measures such as hand washing using running water with detergent or hand sanitisers and self-quarantine, in case of symptoms of the Covid-19 disease, should be put to practice.

“To avert spread of the disease, let’s hi-5 instead of shaking hands. Culturally, we are supposed to shake hands while greeting but because of the virus lets adhere to the directive,” said Ms. Abubakar.

She called upon coast residents to inform the authority of any tourists arriving in the region, for cross-examination to find out if they can interact with others.

 “If you identify a visitor from Japan and China, kindly alert us. We will come and examine them to ascertain if we can interact with them."

The other counties that were put on high alert by the Health ministry over the virus are Nairobi, Kisumu, Kiambu, Uasin Gishu, Kajiado, Busia, Migori, Kilifi, Kakamega, Kajiado, Nakuru, Wajir and Garissa.

Meanwhile, the County has set up an isolation ward at the Coast General Teaching and Referral Hospital (CGTRH), to quarantine any suspected case.

According to the County Health Executive Hazel Koitaba the site will be used to quarantine suspected and confirmed cases of affected people.

“The site is to be used to quarantine suspected cases or to isolate confirmed cases. It has adequate personal protective equipment and personnel specially trained to handle cases," said Ms Koitaba.


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