It is factors such as climate change, our growing population and increased world interconnectivity and travel that have rapidly made humans more vulnerable to global pandemics such as Covid-19. Today, the world is more susceptible than it was a few decades ago. No wonder an infection that sprouts at one corner of the globe will easily make its way to the furthest opposite corner, within a single day.
Faced but our very own globalization, we must now appreciate that we will also need to adopt simple but effective measures such as early detection; testing, isolating and proper information sharing that will help us mitigate transmission of such a pandemic.
Our health institutions and governments have a sacred responsibility to work in tandem towards implementation of public health measures such as effective surveillance, exhaustive contact-tracing, social-distancing and travel restrictions to help us stem down this pandemic. Educating the public on hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette is also imperative.
By adopting these basic steps, we will manage to cut the spread of new infections and ease pressure on our hospitals. This will be crucial as we seek to get higher lever solutions such as personal protective equipment, testing kits as well as ultimately, the right cure and vaccine.
As aforementioned, flattening the Covid-19 curve will also be aided by accurate information sharing. On this note, we must applaud what the Kenyan Government is doing so far, especially spearheaded by CS. Mutahi Kagwe.
When all is said and done, it is important for all of us to remember that hand washing saves lives and is the best defense against communicable diseases such a Covid-19.
George Wachiuri: A Leading Entrepreneur, a Published Author, Philanthropist, Youth Empowerment Enthusiast, a Family man and CEO of Optiven Group
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