- "We are suffering from cases of indiscipline and this is going to cost us," Kagwe said.
- The Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya (PSK) has warned Kenyans against treating themselves or buying any drugs to tread the covid-19 coronavirus.
- Former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth now wants President Uhuru Kenyatta to announce a curfew for two or four weeks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Kenyan Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe announced nine new cases of coronavirus Tuesday, with the number of infected reaching 25. Kagwe said that among the new cases, seven were Kenyans while the other two were foreigners. He also accused Kenyans of exercising poor discipline, a behavior that is a blow in efforts to combat coronavirus infections.
“We are suffering from cases of indiscipline and this is going to cost us,” he said. “It’s a grave mistake exposing children whom we sent home for safeguarding. We want responsibility among Kenyans.” He added that “children were sent home for protection and not for holiday.”
According to Minister Kagwe, three ministers and parents of some students have apparently not complied with government-imposed rules to prevent the transmission of the virus. “What has become clear when we are dealing with this tragedy is that many Kenyans have a lack of discipline and this is a major challenge,” said Mr. Kagwe.
The minister has been provoked by parents who allow their children to roam the streets, and thus be at risk of infection. “The intention of closing the school was to make the children stay at home and not to hang out,” added Mr. Kagwe. Handwashing expert Dr. Myriam Sidibe, who has a master’s degree in handwashing, has shown how to properly wash every part of the hand.
Unlawful Use of Drugs
The Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya (PSK) has warned Kenyans against treating themselves or buying any drugs to tread the covid-19 coronavirus. The PSK made the announcement following the spread of misinformation that there are some drugs that have been proven to treat coronavirus. Some people have been buying the drug in stores without their doctor’s advice.
Some of the drugs mentioned include chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine, and azithromycin. “Such behaviors are particularly dangerous given the fact that the disease can be one of the biggest challenges in human health,” PSK said in a statement.
PSK added that people who buy high doses of these drugs endanger the lives of patients with various ailments who depend on these drugs for their daily lives. PSK has also warned that the purchase of these drugs without the advice of a health care professional is illegal and could result in higher fines or imprisonment.
Former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth now wants President Uhuru Kenyatta to announce a curfew for either two or four weeks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Kenneth, who was also the presidential candidate for the Kenya National Congress (KNC) ticket in 2013, said the nation could completely control the spread of the virus if everyone was forced to stay at home.
“I call on and urge the government to close all operations in the country over the next two to four weeks. From what I’ve read and heard, Covid-19 syndrome can only be controlled by ordering people to stay at home. Unless we do this, we will not be able to stop the spread of the virus,” says Kenneth.
The former MP has praised the measures put in place by the government to prevent the infection but dismissed some Kenyans who violated the directive.