Early curfew and lockdown not helping – health experts to the government

Health experts have now come out strongly, to oppose the government’s decision to enhance COVID 19 containment measures.

The experts argue that the decision to cease movement in the five counties and elongating curfew time without vaccinating the citizens of the zoned areas isn’t helping at all.

Led by AMREF CEO Dr. Githinji Gitahi, the experts have warned that the rate of infections may increase in the so called red zoned areas, due to congestion in matatu termini in the evenings as citizens rushed home to beat curfew hours. Dr. Githinji also argues that congestion being experienced in the streets if not monitored can be a time bomb in the waiting.

Defending the government’s decision however, Dr. Patrick Amoth has insisted that the measures which were announced by the president late last month have helped a great deal in reducing the infection rates not only in the 5 counties, but the whole country at large.

Speaking to the press, Dr.Amoth said that closure of bars and restaurants has been seen to bear fruits so far, since infections were high when the two places used to be allowed to operate until 9pm.

Answering Dr.Githinji, Amoth said that it was almost impossible for the disease to spread in matatu termini compared to bars, since drunkards in bars and those eating in restaurants do not put on masks, hence spreading could be rapid compared to bus termini where people mask up.

The debate comes up after the president enhanced more containment measures to curb the spread of the disease last month.

Majority of the citizens in Kajiado, Machakos, Kiambu, Nairobi and Nakuru have been opposed to these measures, saying that it is hurting their quest to work in order to provide for their families. Majority of the citizens are hoping that the president will unlock the country, once he delivers his speech again to the country towards the end of this month.

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