The Kilifi County government has with immediate effect suspending vending of wares in open markets because of the increasing cases of Covid-19 infections. – By Ramadhan Kambi.

In a letter by the County health executive committee member Charles Karisa Dadu and directed to all the all-sub county medical officers, Mr Dadu sighted that with the increasing cases, the open-air markets provide a conducive environment for the spread of the pandemic and hence it should be addressed. 

“The leadership of the Kilifi intergovernmental Covid-19 management committee has been closely monitoring the Covid-19 epidemiological situation in the county. During this third wave, we have tested a total of 5349 samples of which 640 turned positive. As of today, we have 21 cases isolated in government facilities while 131are on home isolation. In this third wave, we have lost three lives and the prevailing positive rate is still at 10 per cent,” he said in the statement released on Wednesday. 

Mr Dadu said that open air (non-stall) markets provide one of the opportunistic environments for Covid-19 infection. 

“Given that the incidence of Covid-19is still high, it was resolved on public health grounds that all open-air non-stall markets be suspended for 30 days from the date of this notice when there shall be a review on the same,” Mr Dadu said in the letter which was also copied to the chief officers in charge of public services and medical services and also copied to directors of public health and administration. 

He further called for the public to strictly to the Covid-19 public protocol in order to bring the situation to safe ground (flattening the curve). 

The Covid-19 pandemic has continued to affect lives and pushing many Kenyans to the oblivion of hard life and tough economic situations.