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Ahadi Kenya suspends jigger program over coronavirus.

By Mathew Ndungu
Saturday, March 14th, 2020
Stanley Kamau of Ahadi Kenya. The organisations that helps to curb jigger infestation PHOTO/COURTESY

Following the coronavirus confirmation by the State, Ahadi Kenya suspended all foreign volunteers from supporting their initiatives until the government gives them the way forward.

The organization has also suspended all medical camps that were lined up in various communities and other operations in line with the government advisory on how to be able to protect and prevent the now global pandemic.

In that place, the organization will embark on training community health volunteers especially in the counties that have entry points such as Busia, Mombasa, Lamu and Kajiando.

The organization Chief Executive Officer Stanley Kamau said that the organization will create more awareness about the deadly disease.

Speaking at Mitero village in Gatundu North, Kiambu County, Kamau who donated shoes, blankets and food to over 200 elderly persons however regretted heightened racist classification of foreigners.

He regretted that Kenyans have continued to stigmatize and abuse the foreigners as being the carriers of the virus and urged them to desist and instead join the government in finding a solution to the current challenge.

“Let us treat them as human beings. We need not to classify, stigmatize or abuse foreigners. Anyone can be a victim of the global challenge,” he said.

He noted that the country is adequately prepared to fight back the disease even as panic among Kenyans continues to pile.

Speaking at the same event, Jane Nyokabi, the chairperson disability persons in Kiambu County urged the government to embark on extensive training of Kenyans on protection especially in schools, churches and other public meeting points.

Meanwhile, Kenyans led by pastor Mwatha Kimani and Ann Lawrence; an artist noted that confirmation of the disease in the country is a major blow to all sectors.
Ann said that as artists, they have a major role to play to educate Kenyans on the effects, symptoms and prevention of the deadly disease using their artistry giftings.

On his part, Kimani urged Kenyans to take precautionary measures and most importantly embrace the culture of wearing masks in churches and public joints.

They made the remarks even as Kenyans led by Mary Wambui and Loise Mbugua who are elderly persons expressed panic over the announcement.

On Friday morning, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe confirmed that Kenya had recorded the first positive coronavirus case.

He however noted that the female Kenyan patient who had travelled from US via London was in stable conditions and will continue to be managed in isolation at the Infectious Disease Unit at Kenyatta National Hospital.

According to World Health Organization, the Kenyan case increased to 66 number of COVID-19 patients in Africa.

So far, there have been confirmed cases in Egypt, Algeria, South Africa, Senegal, Tunisia, Morocco, Nigeria, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo and Gabon