Meru County has commenced the installation of automatic disinfecting booths in Meru town in efforts to boost the war against coronavirus.
The move comes just a few hours after the first confirmed coronavirus positive case was confirmed in the neighboring Isiolo County.
Located at the busy Riverland stage, the first booth was installed in collaboration with Supa Loaf Industries.
The facility was commissioned on Thursday and will enable travelers and Meru town residents to auto sanitize by walking through the sanitizing tunnel.
Speaking during the event, Meru County Chief of Staff Gideon Kimathi called on both the public and corporate society to partner with the county government in fighting the pandemic.
Meru County now joins the list of few counties that have auto sanitizer booths.
Other counties that have embraced these booths include Mombasa, Nairobi, and Kitui.
CORPORATES ON BOARD
Several companies have come out to partner with both the national and county governments in fighting the pandemic.
In the month of April alone, Corporates under the National Business Compact Coalition had raised more than 70 million towards the national COVID-19 support fund.
The donations from Unilever, Copia, Microsoft, Rotary International, Menengai and several others were both in cash and in-kind.
Several banks such as Cooperative bank, Equity Bank, The United Bank for Africa (UBA) have also given their donations to support the national government in supplying relief materials and critical healthcare facilities.
The family of Equity Bank Chief Executive Officer James Mwangi has contributed Sh300 million to the Covid-19 fund.
Barely two weeks ago, Equity Group Foundation, in collaboration with Equity Bank and Mastercard Foundation donated Ksh1.1billion to be used by the national government to obtain more PPEs for frontline health workers.
Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi was conspicuously absent, just two weeks after stepping back from distributing items meant to boost the war against COVID-19.
According to Governor Murungi, the fight against the coronavirus has been politicized by self-seeking opportunists.
“The Governor’s commitment to ensuring the safety of Meru residents remains. He is mobilizing more resources and seeking partnerships to help in fighting the pandemic,” said Meru Health CEC Misheck Mutuma.
Speaking during the commissioning of similar booths in Kitui, Senator Enoch Wambua asked county leaders to respond to the coronavirus pandemic without using it to gain political mileage.
“If we approach this battle with hearts full of competition, then we will surely fail and we will not escape the wrath of the deadly coronavirus,” said Senator Wambua.
Sanitizer booths are designed to coat the sprayed surface with disinfectant, which reduces the presence of the virus and other bacteria on people’s garments and hands.