The Ministry of Health confirmed the first case of Corona virus disease in the country on the 12th March 2020. To mitigate its spread, the Ministry of Water-Sanitation and Irrigation in conjunction with water sector institutions embarked on Country-wide Hand washing Campaign.
With the support from the parent ministry, Central Rift Valley Water Works development Agency embarked on program to distribute hand-washing plastic tanks to all the counties in its area of jurisdiction that has made it possible for communities to wash their hands frequently with water and soap.
Chairman “ As an Agency, we appreciate the support we receive from the Ministry of Water-Sanitation and Irrigation and wishes to assure the residents of our counties that we are doing all we can to mitigate the spread and the effects of the pandemic,’’ said Brigd(Rtd) S.Njung’e Kihu, CRVWWDA Chairman.
CEO” s ‘’As we do this, we encourage our partners and customers to observe social distance and hygiene to help slow down the spread of this deadly virus. Our Nation is facing very difficult times ahead but we will not lose sight of delivering clean and reliable water to our targets,’’.
So far, more than 800 plastic tanks have been donated and distributed among deserving communities by the Agency.
Apart from communities inhabiting the target areas; Police Posts, Health facilities, Isolation Centres, Bus stops, Central Business Districts and Market Centres also benefited. Here, the 1,500 litres tanks complete with a tap and running water are placed at strategic position for members of the public to easily access, wash their hands and sanitize.
The Agency at the same time distributed a number of tanks ranging from 1,500-5,000 litres under flood mitigation program to, West Pokot, Elgeyo Marakwet, Nakuru and Narok Counties as well as hundreds of facemasks.
Through awareness campaigns spearheaded by CRVWWDA, communities have been enabled to embrace good hygiene practices that reduce the spread of Covid-19.
The third phase of tanks distribution aimed at mitigating the spread of Covid-19 in counties under the jurisdiction of CRVWWDA has begun. In the meantime, the Agency is supporting communities through water trucking either with its own trucks or hiring from individuals or water companies. Some of these tankers have been deployed to Nairobi City to support hand washing in low income areas.
‘’As we do this, we encourage our partners and customers to observe social distance and hygiene to help slow down the spread of this deadly virus. Our Nation is facing very difficult times ahead but we will not lose sight of delivering clean and reliable water to ourtargets,’’ said Eng. Hosea K Wendot, the Agency’s Chief Executive Officer.
The campaign was launched on March 27, 2020 at Narok town by the governor Samuel Tunai and the CEO. The ceremony was also attended by the Agency’s General Manager-Technical Services, Eng. Samuel Oruma.
Counties reached so far: Nakuru, Turkana, West Pokot, Egeyo Marakwet, Baringo, Nyandarua and Laikipia.