Mombasa Likoni ferry disinfectant facility sprays twelve people at time, disinfecting the whole body as you pass through to board the ferry.
Mombasa Governor Hassan Ali Joho commissioned an automated state-of-the-art spray booth to be used for disinfecting all ferry users at the Likoni Crossing Channel as part of efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
The booth is a project jointly sponsored by the Hassan Joho Foundation and Suleiman Shahbal Foundation.
The event was attended by top county leaders including County Commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo, Likoni MP Mishi Mboko and former gubernatorial candidate Suleiman Shahbal.
Governor Joho said that a lot of care and expertise was employed in developing the sanitizing chemical to be used in the booth.
“We tasked some of the county officials to be able to come up with the right chemical. The county officials decided to partner with Technical University of Mombasa that developed, together with the county public health and ourselves and environment, a chemical that is human-friendly,” Governor Joho said.
The governor added that should the pilot be successful, the county will announce that no one will be allowed to board or disembark from a ferry without passing through the booth for disinfecting.
Joho added that efforts are underway to install equipment that will be able to read one’s body temperature as they board or leave the ferry.
“When we were putting it up, because we imported it from China, already we could see so many people crossing that had over 40 degrees temperature. It worries,” Joho said.
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe also applauded the county’s efforts to contain the virus’ spread.
“We encourage and urge counties to come up with innovative ways to supplement the efforts by the National Government. Mombasa county has set a good example,” the official government spokesperson’s Twitter account quoted Kagwe as saying.
The county government has also put in place other measures to control the spread of the virus at the crossing channel.
Vehicles will only cross the Likoni channel between 11am and 3pm to allow the smooth flow of pedestrians and people with flu-like symptoms will no longer be allowed to board ferries.
Mombasa County is one of the two COVID-19 hotspots identified in the country after Nairobi City County. Mombasa has the second highest number of confirmed cases in the country after Nairobi.
Other well-wishers have also joined the county’s efforts to combat the spread of the virus. Recently, philanthropist Ahmad Al Falasi donated ten Draeger Evita XL adult to paediatric ventilators and 1 low temperature peroxide gas sterliser to aid in the fight against the virus.
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