Coronavirus: Shofco establishes handwashing stations in Kibera

Thursday, March 19th, 2020 11:14 | By
One of SHOFCO's handwashing stations in Kibera.

Residents of Kibera are going about their daily duties even as the country stares at coronavirus crisis that has seen seven people tested positive.

Covid-19, a highly infectious respiratory disease, requires people to keep safe social distance of about one metre. But in a place like Kibera, keeping safe distance from one another is nearly impossible due to high population.  

Sanitizers are recommended for personal hygiene especially for handwashing. Right now, very few can afford this important commodity in Kibera.

To beat this, Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) has established handwashing stations across Kibera slum to enable those who are going about their daily duties to observe personal hygiene as directed by the government.

SHOFCO Chief Executive Officer Kennedy Odede said the organization made the decision to help the residents to beat the disease which could become a disaster if it landed in an informal settlement like Kibera.

“We are working with our local administration to fight Covid-19. We all know what can happen if we have an outbreak in a slum,” Odede said on Wednesday.

John Onyango, a resident of Kibera and a boda boda operator, said SHOFCo handwashing stations have helped them observe handwashing as required.

“Personally, I have not bought any sanitizers. SHOFCO has really helped us with this handwashing station with running water and sanitizer. I could not ask for more. I just request them to maintain this until the outbreak is over,” he said.

SHOFCO is a grassroots movement that catalyzes large-scale transformation in urban slums by providing critical services for all, community advocacy platforms, and education and leadership development for women and girls.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe on Wednesday announced that three more people have tested positive for coronavirus in Kenya, thereby bringing the total number of confirmed cases to seven.

CS Kagwe said one of the newly reported cases involves a Burundian national who arrived in the country on Tuesday from Dubai.

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