Deputy President William Ruto has urged employes not to fire their workers as a result of the tough economic times brought about by the COVID-19.
Speaking at a media briefing at his Karen home on Thursday, Ruto said all company management should adjust their systems to allow all staff to stay on, albeit to work in shifts.
Ruto also appealed to Kenyans to observe the set guidelines by the Ministry of Health to tame the coronavirus pandemic.
“Coronavirus can’t move; it needs our bodies to transfer from one place to another. Curtailing our movement will hugely prevent the movement of this virus,” he said
Ruto also refuted allegations that he has been missing in action on matters Covid saying that, he consults almost daily with the President, cabinet secretaries as well as the National Emergency Response Committee.
“The President and the Deputy President cannot travel in the same equipment. That is why we have the same situation that we have currently,” he said
Ruto outlined measures the government is carrying out to fight the pandemic that has so far claimed six lives in the country.
- Assemble and provide verified information to the public to empower citizens to make the right decisions, adding that citizen behavior is at the heart of defeating this pandemic.
- The Kenyan government has equipped different hospitals with equipment. “In preparation for the possible escalation numbers of the COVID-19 cases, the government has designated and equipped different hospitals and facilities.”
- The Government has directed the Ministry of Education to identify boarding schools that can be used as isolation facilities.
- It is also in the process of hiring additional health personnel including 1,000 doctors. “The government is working with KEMSA to stock-pile medical supplies necessary for the management of COVID-19 cases. The Public Service Commission is undertaking recruitment of additional health personnel including 1,000 doctors,” he added.
- The Government is working with the World Health Organization (WHO) and Africa Center for Disease Control on the approval of rapid diagnostic kits to scale-up testing. The DP said this is a necessary step to capture all the infected persons.
- That government is making available Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to all health workers. The DP asked Kenyans to rigorously observe the set guidelines so as not to overburden them.
- Local manufacturers have been asked to scale up production of masks and protective medical gear.
- Government is also working to scale up ventilators. “We are also scaling up oxygen supplies for all 94 hospitals that were identified for use of patients who may need supplementary oxygen,” the DP said.