By 5th April, 2020, the Ministry of Health in Kenya had confirmed 142 cases of COVID-19, three recoveries and four COVID-19 deaths. As precautionary measures, the national Government of Kenya has restricted travel, suspended school and court activities, advocated for cashless transactions and limit crowd gathering in hospitals, burials and places of worship among others for the next 30 days.
As the spread of the virus and its impact continue to evolve in Kenya, we are closely following updates from the Ministry of Health as well as from the World Health Organization (WHO). It is critical for us to understand the virus, and how it spreads, so that we can protect ourselves, our families, colleagues and those around us.
We take this opportunity to share some of the different steps that we are taking to safeguard our teams and provide the highest standards of safety and hygiene.
- Established a cross functional emergency response team to monitor, plan and implement our response plan;
- Our work spaces, both personal and communal i.e. factories, offices, tables, door knobs, floors, surfaces, washrooms etc. are being thoroughly cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis. Kupacide disinfectant is used;
- Regular staff communication and updates on COVID-19;
- Installed additional sanitizer dispensers at common strategic areas;
- Restricted access of the CKL compound by visitors;
- Limited employee gathering by introducing flexible working hours and working from home;
- Suspended all planned group events;
- Encouraging use of alternative meeting platforms such as E-meetings;
- Heightened use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) for specified tasks;
- Restrict business travels;
- Internal mapping mechanisms and reporting platforms for staff;
- Encouraging a strong focus on hygiene to our entire organization, including outsourced services like the canteen, security and distribution;
- Supported vulnerable populations in Nairobi and Nyandarua Counties with over 50 hand washing tanks and soap.
To minimize risks of infection, we urge everyone to practice high standards of hygiene by observing the following practical steps as recommended by WHO:
- Wash hands frequently with soap or using alcohol-based hand rub to kill viruses;
- Maintain a social distance of about 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and the next person, to avoid possible infection through droplets from someone’s mouth or nose;
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. One is likely to pick up viruses by touching many surfaces and as a result, transfer it to their body;
- Practice respiratory hygiene. Always cover your nose with clean tissue or handkerchief while coughing or sneezing;
- COVID-19 has similar symptoms to a cold or flu. Should you experience them, stay at home, keep hydrated and manage any fever through over-the-counter medications like paracetamol.
- Only contact a medical provider should the fever persist and you have breathing difficulties.
According to WHO, most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover. We therefore wish to encourage you to stay calm, observe high hygiene standards and stay informed.