Kisumu County has given a 48-hour notice to all the mortuaries operating in the county to dispose all the bodies in their custody, failure to which they will move to court to have them removed and buried in mass graves as unclaimed bodies.
Kisumu County Multi-Agency team enforced the following measures to stem the spread of the virus within the county.
Mortuaries which will fail to obey the directive are to have their licenses cancelled.
“We have established that the prolonged stay of bodies in the mortuaries leads to abuse of Burial Protocols, eventually making it difficult to control the number of mourners attending such ceremonies,” stated the team.
Mortuaries are also under instructions not to accept bodies brought in from outside their premises, except for police cases and also file daily reports on the new bodies and related details.
The agency team backed by police officers, chiefs, sub county administrators and enforcement officers are to carry out fresh crackdowns to ensure Burial ceremonies are conducted according to the Covid-19 Protocols.
“Additionally, Bar Korwa open air market in Seme sub county has been closed indefinitely for failure to provide sanitary services as required by the Covid-19 Protocols. More Markets are in the radar,” stated the county.
However, at least two county courts will be revived and gazetted in the next few days to help handle members of the public found flouting the Covid-19 protocols like failing to properly wear the masks.
Management committees of Markets have been instructed to ensure there is water and sanitizers at the entrances of all the markets.
“The management committee members are also required to appoint Market champions to educate the traders on the Covid-19 protocols,” stated the team.
Churches, mosques, temples and other places of worship will be closely monitored to ensure they adhere to the protocols, failure to which they will be ordered to suspend their services.
These worship places are to only admit a third of their normal capacity.
The team will keep close watch on schools and colleges to ensure the safety of the learners.
Kisumu has so far registered 5,994 accumulative Covid-19 cases, from 43,000 tests, having a weekly positivity rate of 28.4 per cent.
The county has cumulatively reported 139 deaths since the invasion of the virus in March last year, reflecting a case fatality rate of 2.4 per cent.
“We have 687 Active cases. Out of this, 112 are in hospitals. Kisumu Central remains the biggest epicentre of the disease followed by Kisumu East and Kisumu West sub counties. No sub county is spared,” stated the team.
According to the Multi Agency Team, public and private hospitals have overstretched the county capacities as more cases emerge.
“We are set to scale up testing after receiving 6,000 rapid testing kits from the Ministry of Health headquarters. We have so far vaccinated some 32, 587 people against the virus, with 4,635 having received the second round of the vaccines by the end of last week,” said the team.