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Isiolo suspends non-essential services as Covid-19 bites

By The Frontier Post Reporter

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Isiolo County Government has suspended all non-essential services for one month to control the spread of Covid-19.

The County has experienced a spike in Covid-19 cases with several staff and a number of MCAs, among them Health Chief Officer Ibrahim Alio and Woman Representative Rehema Jaldesa, testing positive for the disease.

According to the County Covid-19 report, 12 people lost their lives in the last one month, nine of them in March and three early this week.

It is on this backdrop that Governor Mohammed Kuti has directed staff in non-essential areas to work from home while leaving those in the finance, health, water, municipality and fire departments to continue working from their offices for the 30 days.

While making the announcement, County Secretary Ahmed Galgalo said staffers aged 58 years and above and those with underlying conditions will work from home until it is safe for them to return to work.

“The work-from-home directive will be reviewed upon assessment of the situation after the lapse of the 30 days,” Dr Galgalo said.

Members of the public were barred from visiting the offices during the period unless there is an emergency.

Under this circumstance, departmental heads will be required to make necessary arrangements to ensure the needed services are provided.

Dr Galgalo encouraged county staff and residents to take the Covid-19 jab being offered at public health facilities so as to build their immunity against the disease.

Majority of the county staff, including health workers, have been reluctant to take the Covid-19 jab.

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