We are sitting on a timed bomb, Thika West DCC warns residents

Thika West Deputy County Commissioner (DCC) Douglas Mutai has expressed his concerns over the manner in which residents behaved so casually despite the danger posed by COVID-19.

Speaking during a function to receive food hampers donated by the staff of Thika's Equity Bank Kenyatta Highway Branch, Mutai pleaded with the people to really take care as the number of those infected was skyrocketing each day.

"We are sitting on a timed bomb, fighting an enemy we cannot see, touch nor feel but which is very real. COVID-19 is here with us and mostly hitting the young and very productive segment of the society. We cannot afford to treat this disease normally as it is likely to wipe out a generation," he said.

He cautioned that the recent cases of COVID-19 infections at Thika and Makongeni Police cells were a cause for worry and could erupt into a menace if people were not careful.

On Friday 17th July, 20 out of the over 70 inmates whose tests were done from Thika and Makongeni Police stations have turned positive of the coronavirus.

Out of these cases, 17 are from Makongeni Police Station with Thika holding 3 of the results that have already been released.
The DCC thanked the staff  at the branch for their gesture which he said would go a long way in cushioning those who were hardest hit by the COVID-19 socio-economic purge.

"From this donations, we target to feed about 50 widows and orphans across the sub-county. The situation out there is very dire as very many people still need food assistance," he said.

The branch Manager Isaac Kamau said that their gesture was driven by the urge to contribute to the well-being of the residents they served after realising that majority of them suffered from the effects of the pandemic.

He promised to continue assisting where they could, both as a company and as individuals.

Thika District Business Association (TDBA) Chairman Alfred Wanyoike acknowledged Equity Bank's contribution towards the welfare of both the residents and business community in Thika. He urged them not to relent and also promised to render the community support when called upon.

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