Residents of Siaya, Bungoma, Migori, Homabay, Kisii and Busia are set to benefit from sanitation booths in efforts towards combating the spread of the novel Coronavirus pandemic.
The sanitation booths set up by Safaricom Foundation in partnership with Scope International, have also been installed at Kenya’s border to Tanzania at Isebania in Migori County and at the Ugandan border in Bungoma and Busia Counties. Additionally, ferry users will benefit from booths set up in Homabay and Siaya Counties. In Kisii County, the sanitation booths have been set up at the main bus stage, the Migori-Kisii-Homabay junction and the Nairobi-Kericho-Nyamira transit.
Installed at cost of Ksh 1.1 million, approximately 60,000 people are expected to use the sanitation booths daily across the six counties.
Cross border infection being a weak link towards the fight against the spread of the virus, Safaricom Foundation Chairman, Joseph Ogutu said that this motived the foundation towards putting up sanitation booths to help minimize the spread.
Stella Mbuga, Operations Officer, Scope International, lauded the efforts of the faundation saying that the initiative will go a long way in helping vulnerable communities across the 6 counties. “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,” she said.
Safaricom Foundation has been actively involved in efforts to help people cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. The Telco has already donated Ksh 200 Million through the Safaricom and M-PESA Foundations towards providing Cash transfers for food to support vulnerable communities as well as thermal cameras worth KES 10 million to the Ministry of Health installed in various border entry points.