UN assisting Kenya’s COVID-19 response at border points

Monday, July 20th, 2020 00:00 |
European Union Deputy Ambassador Katrin Hagemann (C) hands over face masks to Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) Director-General Mohamed Badi during the launch of COVID-19 emergency Response programme in Nairobi on Wednesday. (Xinhua/Joy Nabukewa)

The United Nations migration agency said  it is assisting Kenya's COVID-19 response at border points.

Sharon Dimanche, Chief of Mission, International Organization for Migration (IOM) Kenya said in a statement that the organization has provided supplies of infection prevention and control supplies, including masks, gloves, sanitizers and masks to border officials at 27 points of entry into Kenya.

"This intervention is ensuring that frontline border officers are protecting themselves as well as the people they are serving from novel coronavirus. IOM, through the Better Migration Management program, has supported the government of Kenya to address migration issues in the country," Dimanche said.

Dimanche noted that IOM medical staff are also helping the authorities to train over 50 community health workers and volunteers in the densely migrant populated suburb of Eastleigh on the outskirts of Nairobi with COVID-19 awareness and prevention.

She noted that the training includes identifying the symptoms of the disease, knowing how the infection is spread, hygiene, social distancing, and guarding against myths around the infection. (Xinhua)
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