On 18th February 2021, KEWASNET in partnership with SIMAVI International handed over Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and Menstrual Health Hygiene Management kits to the county government of Kiambu through H.E. Governor James Nyoro to support the county in its efforts to prevent the spread of Covid-19. The community hygiene promotion is part of the WASH First Project that targets to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in Kenya through promoting best hygiene practices.
Covid-19 is still here with us. Even as the government grapples with combating its spread, there is a need for all stakeholders, especially in water, education, and health to come together and promote interventions to keep Kenyans safe.
Kiambu county has a high population density and is close to Nairobi, which has been the epicenter of the Covid-19 outbreak in Kenya with a leading number of new cases almost every day. Additionally, most people living in Kiambu work or regularly travel to Nairobi which puts the population in Kiambu at great risk of Covid-19. Interventions must target everyone and the support given will go along away in protecting the population in Kiambu.
During the hand-over, the governor was accompanied by the First lady Sarah Karanja, Deputy Governor Joyce Ngugi, County Executive Committee Member of Water, Environment Energy and Natural Resources David Kuria, Chief Officer Environment & Waste management Edmund Njihia, Director Water & Sanitation Dickson Mathu, County Executive Committee Member Health Services Dr.Joseph Murega, Chief officer Health Services Dr.Patrick Nyaga, KEWASNET Head of Programmes Vincent Ouma, KEWASNET Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist Wycliffe Nyakundi, Director Public Health Teresiah Wanjiru and Deputy director Public Health Hellen Ndungu.
KEWASNET continues to contribute efforts to end the spread of Covid-19 in Kenya through implementing its Covid-19 response at national, and sub-national through KEWASNET members. Through the WASH First project, KEWASNET creates awareness on Covid-19 and improve access to WASH services in Kenya.