Joho's Covid-19 Strategy in Mombasa Leads Other Counties [VIDEO]

  • Suleiman Shabhal and Hassan Joho inspecting the newly installed public spray booth at the Likoni Crossing Channel in Mombasa.
    Suleiman Shabhal and Hassan Joho inspecting the newly installed public spray booth at the Likoni Crossing Channel in Mombasa. April 6, 2020
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  • Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho on Monday, April 5, launched two public body spray sanitisers at the Likoni Crossing channel to aid in the fight against Covid-19.

    While being flanked by former Mombasa gubernatorial aspirant Suleiman Shabhal, Joho said that the two booths were on a pilot stage, as they continued to monitor the situation at the crossing point.

    ''Our main plan is to install similar booths on both ends of the ferry so that before you enter, into the ferry everyone will be sanitised," stated Joho.

    Travellers using the Likoni getting sprayed before entering into the ferry. 6th April 2020
    Travellers using the Likoni crossing channel getting sprayed before entering into the ferry. 6th April 2020
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    The governor also added that he had plans in place together with donors to have thermal sensors installed at the Likoni Ferry crossing point.

    ''The county government felt that it was necessary to install heat reading at the ferry channel and yesterday we saw very many residents present with more than 40 degrees in body temperature,'' he stated.

    Joho's efforts have been lauded as one demonstration of the importance of devolution in the country.  On April 1, the governor received 10 ventilators as a donation from his friends locally and abroad to compliment 8 ventilators that the county government had already acquired for the people of Mombasa County.

    The county is set to get 12 more ventilators from investors withing the county, Joho revealed. 

    The Mombasa boss has been on the frontline in assisting his residents since the first case of Covid-19 was registered in the county.

    Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho flanked by Mombasa politicians Suleiman Shabhal and Mishi Mboko as they inspect a public spray booth at the Likoni Channel.
    Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho flanked by Mombasa politicians Suleiman Shabhal and Mishi Mboko as they inspect a public spray booth at the Likoni Channel. April 6, 2020
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    On April 4, the Joho Foundation in conjunction with the Suleiman Foundation launched a drive to feed needy residents.

    Shabhal during the launch said he saw a similar technology in Turkey and briefed the governor about it, agreeing to have it installed promptly.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday, April 5, announced the ban on movement in and out of four counties in the countries including the Nairobi Metropolitan Area, Kilifi, Kwale and Mombasa.

    "The movement within the Nairobi Metropolitan Area and the Counties of Kilifi, Kwale and Mombasa shall continue subject to the nationwide curfew.

    "The cessation of movement within the counties of Kilifi, Kwale and Mombasa shall be for an initial containment period of 21 days; with effect from 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8, 2020.   In the intervening period, movement in and out of the counties of Kilifi, Kwale and Mombasa shall be restricted and supervised by the Kenya Police," the president statd in a national address at State House.

    As other counties flirt dangerously with disaster due to an inadequate number of ICU beds, Mombasa County is at 36 beds, bested only by Nairobi County that has a total of 247 ICU beds and Uasin Gishu County at 55 beds. Some counties such as Homa Bay have zero ICU beds.

    The governor went on to call on his residents to support the government as it works to contain the virus, saying that the government could not do everything for them.

    Newly installed a public spray booth at the Likoni Crossing Channel.
    Mombasa County officials ensuring order at the newly installed public spray booth, at Likoni Crossing Channel.
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