As cases of covid-19 in the country balloon each dawn, people from Tharaka and entire county have been urged to observe and take serious the guidelines put by the ministry of health to stem the spread of the deadly virus.
Speaking during the burial of the late Bruno Gichunge Makangau in Nkondi ward,Njeru Mbaruku popularly known as DC Mbaruku who is currently an health administrator at Afya house said he was amused that people especially from Tharaka have relaxed in observing the guidelines given towards preventing the spread of covid 19.
Mbaruku said that the few people he has interacted with are holding unfounded myths and ideologies about the virus that if not shunned may plunge the community into a crisis once the virus surges.
“I am surprised and the same time saddened by our people holding notion that the virus cannot survive the hot sun of Tharaka and thus no need of wearing face masks. The truth is that the virus is serious and is with us, we therefore need to stay safe by observing the ministry of health guidelines and we will defeat the virus,’’ Mbaruku said.
The administrator urged the locals to properly wear face masks, maintain social distance at all time and regularly wash hands in bid to stay safe from the virus that has ravaged economy globally.
In connection to illnesses that have been striking the locals and requiring large sums of money in treatment, Mbaruku emphasized on the importance of having the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) to lower the cost of treatment when illnesses strikes.
“I have handled several cases of illnesses involving our people and I can say for the ones with NHIF insurance cover the cost of their treatment is lower compared to those fully funding their hospital bills. I therefore urge everyone to embrace the programme since no one knows when illness will strike,’’ he advised locals.
He said the Sh 500 monthly contribution needed for the NHIF is very low considered to huge hospital bills that one pays when seeking treatment and thus there is need for everyone to be an NHIF card holder and compliant in terms of monthly payment.