Kenyans Have Discarded Covid-19 Health Restrictions 

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By The Weekly Vision Online

The high standards of public hygiene that were embraced soon after the first case of Covid-19 was reported in March 2020 was a blessing in disguise for the public health sector in Kenya.

The constant washing of hands, the wearing of masks, the social distancing and avoiding handshakes are practices that had provided a bonanza of sorts for medical authorities which had grappled at how to stop common diseases among the general public without much success.

That “health honeymoon” is over now after the health Cabinet Secretary lifted the ban on the wearing of masks in public. It is now all systems go and as Kenyans have returned to the “bad old ways”.

Alarmed Kenyan health authorities are reporting a surge in diseases whose infection rates were at a near-zero level when the restrictions were in place. Typhoid, a disease associated with bad hand hygiene and contaminated water has raised its deadly fangs in many of Nairobi’s informal settlements and middle-class estates.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe was last week forced to chair an emergency meeting to address the post-Covid 19 situations in Kenya. The situation could spiral into another “plague”, the CS warned, saying that although Covid 19 infections are well below zero per cent, the disease is far from gone, adding that the public transport system is full of reckless people who could become super spreaders.

CS Kagwe is also warning that congestions in slums, bars, hotels or churches can still trigger TB and asthma with covid 19 acting as an opportunistic infection.

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