Opinion: How Kenya can contain Covid without disruptive lockdown – Richard Ngatia

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Business Daily | by Richard Ngatia


On March 26, President Uhuru Kenyatta issued a raft of measures to contain the third wave of Covid-19 infections in the country. As the private sector, we commend the government for the timely health measures in an attempt to flatten the curve. We, however, observe with concern that the current public health crisis has devastated the local economy and the measures in place are likely to aggravate the suffering.

The restriction of movement out of Nairobi, Machakos, Nakuru, Kiambu and Kajiado has disrupted the country’s supply chain, as the five counties contribute to 60 percent of the GDP. Distortion of transport logistics will inhibit movement of agricultural products from county to county. Inefficiency in the transport system, coupled with the increased fuel prices, will disable the movement of supplies and raw materials to…

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