The fight against the spread of COVID-19 took an important step with sanitization booths set up at border points, key to stopping the spread of the disease and early treatment.
Through the initiative by Safaricom Foundation and Scope International, residents of Homabay, Siaya, Migori, Kisii, Bungoma and Busia are expected to benefit from sanitation booths.
The sanitation booths have been installed at Kenya’s border to Tanzania at Isebania in Migori County and at the Ugandan border in Bungoma and Busia Counties.
Joseph Ogutu, the Chairman of Safaricom Foundation noted that “We are aware that cross border infections are one of the weak links that exists as well as crowded areas such as the ferry and bus stops. This is the reason we decided to put up sanitation booths in these places to minimise the risks,” he said.
In addition, ferry users will benefit from booths set up in Homabay and Siaya Counties while in Kisii County, the sanitation booths have been set up at the main bus stages
An estimated 60,000 people are expected to use the sanitation booths daily across the six counties. The booths were installed at a cost of sh1.1 million.
“We are glad to have partnered with Safaricom Foundation on this project which prioritises hygiene among vulnerable communities. We hope that the booths will help reduce the spread of the virus,” said Stella Mbuga, Operations Officer, Scope International.
The initiative builds into other Safaricom Foundation support areas in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. In Uasin Gishu County, the Foundation donated personal protective equipment to health workers while students in Kawangware and Dandora received devices for e-learning purposes.
Safaricom has already donated sh200 Million through the Safaricom and M-PESA Foundations towards providing Cash transfers for food to support vulnerable communities as well as thermal cameras worth sh10 million to the Ministry of Health installed in various border entry points.