After the confirmation of two cases of Covid-19 in Bungoma County, Governor Wangamati has today emphasized the need for enhanced coordination and joint collaboration between the County and the National Government in dealing with the issue of testing and contact tracing among truck drivers along the Bungoma Malaba Highway.
The two cases were picked from increased surveillance and mandatory testing of truck drivers at the three designated highway entry points into Bungoma County that was launched by the County Government of Bungoma in its efforts to prevent the spread of the deadly Corona virus.
Governor Wangamati decried the congestion of trucks along the highway which posed a health threat to the people of Bungoma, especially those working in the service industry along the highway including accommodation centres, restaurants, car wash facilities, commercial sex workers and boda bodas.
The Governor called upon the national Government to consider Bungoma as a high risk county given its border location and also as a transit point for people and goods across the Eastern African region, and consider setting up a testing lab in the county immediately in order to accelerate testing of the novel Corona Virus.
Bungoma County Government has also identified and flagged high risk market centres and marked them as possible hotspots for the contracting of the virus and has since taken measures aimed at curbing the spread; with the latest measure being the fumigation of the centres by the county Department of Health. The centres include: Webuye Weighbridge,Matisi Market,Bukembe Market,Sikata market,Kanduyi,Kimwanga,Kimaeti Market,Kimilili shopping center,Chwele market and Lwakhakha border.
These measures come in the wake of recent developments that saw the county record 2 Corona virus cases that were traced to long distance truck drivers. The drivers have since been quarantined and contacts traced down for further testing and quarantine.