County Fumigation Mission Ends in Death

  • A fumigation exercise going on in Nairobi County.
    A fumigation exercise going on in Nairobi County.
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  • A Kajiado County employee lost his life en route to fumigating Namanga town as part of the efforts against the COVID-19 pandemic.

    In a message released by the county governor Joseph Ole Lenku through his official social media platforms, he announced that Gichuhi was involved in an accident while driving his colleagues to where the fumigation exercise was to be conducted.

    "It is with deep sorrow that we received the news of the death of Adams Gichuhi, who was until his untimely demise, a member of staff at the Department of Roads and Public Works.

    "Gichuhi lost his life yesterday along the Kajiado-Namanga Road following an accident as he drove fellow staff to Namanga town to fumigate the town against COVID-19," the statement reads.

    An individual clad in protective attire fumigating Nairobi streets on April 3, 2020..
    An individual clad in protective attire fumigating Nairobi streets on April 3, 2020..
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    The county further announced that the accident that claimed Gichuki's life landed his colleague Anthony Mooke Lumpepe in a hospital where he is nursing serious injuries.

    At the same time, I wish a quick recovery to Gichuhi's colleague, Anthony Mooke Lupempe, who is recuperating at Kajiado Referral Hospital after suffering serious injuries following the tragic accident. He is in our prayers and we hope to see him fit again," Lenku reacted.

    He further condoled with the family on behalf of the county and hailed the driver for his bravery, terming his death a huge loss to both the family and the county.

     "We pray to God to give the family the strength to overcome the sudden loss of their breadwinner. We shall support the bereaved family at this time of grief and continue to pray for them to be strong in the face of this tragedy," the message concluded.

    Kajiado is among the counties that have stepped up efforts to fumigate against the Coronavirus pandemic.

    Nairobi county is leading the pack by conducting the exercises late in the evening when residents are already in their homes with respect to the government's curfew directive.

    Nakuru county also announced that it began the fumigation exercises on the night of Friday, April 4.

    The fumigation exercises are conducted by firefighters and officers from the public health department using fire engines and other specialised equipment.

    A member of the Sonko Rescue Team fumigates a city neighbourhood on April 3, 2020.
    A member of the Sonko Rescue Team fumigates a city neighbourhood on April 3, 2020.
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