Shun myths, self-medication in fighting pandemic

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020 20:53 |
Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya.

Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya has called on area residents to shun superstition, rumours and self-medication in the wake of coronavirus pandemic. 

Mvurya said the spread of the highly-infectious disease can be curbed by strictly following the public health regulations put in place by the national and county governments. 

He said people should support and cooperate with the government efforts in place to deal with the pandemic. 

“Forget about the superstition and the myths surrounding the coronavirus, the disease can be defeated by adhering to basic hygiene regulations that we are being advised to follow,” he said. 

His remarks follow claims that black tea without sugar taken before daybreak is the cure for the virus and a definite preventative measure.

Mvurya cautioned the residents against spreading false information related to the Covid-19 so as not to endanger themselves.

Gain foothold

He instead said washing hands, keeping high levels of personal hygiene, social distancing and staying at home are some of the best measures to check the spread of the disease that began in China in December 2019. 

Speaking in his office in Kwale town yesterday, Mvurya said public health officials, trained community health workers and volunteers were going round the county’s 20 wards debunking myths associated with the disease. 

He also asked residents to fully observe the dusk-to-dawn curfew, saying it is meant to ensure the pandemic does not gain foothold in the communities.  -KNA

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