CKL’s Executive Chairman Mr. Mucai Kunyiha, on 3rd April, 2020, handed over 25 handwashing water tanks and soap to Nyandarua County Governor His Excellency Francis Kimemia as part of CKL’s Corporate Social Responsibility efforts to readily provide handwashing points to the vulnerable population as a way of minimizing the spread of COVID-19 virus. Present during the handover was CKL’s Managing Director Ms. Catherine Gitobu and Head of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs Dr. Charles Ndung’u.
Speaking during the handover, Mucai Kunyiha mentioned the need for everyone to be responsible and be part of the solution by doing whatever they can to minimize spread of the disease. “CKL has encouraged our staff to work remotely, avoid crowded areas and we have also provided those basic steps such as providing handwashing facilities and carefully arranging our production lines to observe safe physical distances while at work. Providing handwashing water tanks and soap is also a timely response to our local communities around us…” said Mucai.
While receiving the hand washing water tanks and soap His Excellency Francis Kimemia appreciated CKL’s contribution and impact in the agricultural sector specifically in the livestock and crop care. His Excellency the governor further congratulated CKL for their presence in farmers’ lives. “I encourage you to also upscale your efforts in the County including building the capacity of our farmers through farmer trainings and creation of more demonstration farms…” said Kimemia. According to the governor, the donation of handwashing tanks from CKL comes at a time when residents of Nyandarua County need them the most.
The donation comes only days after CKL donated an additional 33 handwashing water tanks across 15 strategic locations in Nairobi’s Kitisuru informal settlements including Kangemi, Kibagare, Spring Valley Police Post amongst other locations.
While washing hands with soap and keeping a safe physical distance are some of the most practical ways to combat the spread of COVID-19, these are not so simple tasks to do for Kenya’s most vulnerable population. To build their resilience on COVID-19 pandemic, CKL is closely working with the local administrations and community members to have water tanks readily filled with clean water and soap provision at strategic public locations to provide easy access to hand-washing points. CKL has also labeled donated water tanks with Swahili messages encouraging the public to regularly wash hands with soap to minimize the risk of getting infected with COVID-19.
The donation comes at a time when the national government has advocated precautionary measures to contain the virus. “Let us continue to observe precautionary measures wherever you are, by observing highest hygiene standards…” said Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe during a COVID-19 media briefing on 2nd April, 2020 at Afya House.
As of 27th May 2020, the Ministry of Health (MoH) had confirmed 1,471 COVID-19 positive cases, 408 recoveries and 55 COVID-19 deaths. During the media briefing, MoH further warned on the possibility of rising COVID-19 confirmed cases in the country.