There is pandemic relief for inmates in Nairobi as NBCC has partnered with Nestlé Kenya and the Rotary International District 9212 to enable hygiene practices within the prisons in Nairobi. With a dedicated 20,000 liters of water daily accompanied by soap, inmates in Kenya Prison Service facilities in Nairobi will embrace and keep Covid-19 hygiene practices per government regulations. Coupled with water shortages, inmates face challenges of being confined and this predisposes them to a higher risk of contracting and spreading the virus among themselves.
With incarceration facilities marked as some of the high risk areas for Covid-19, this intervention is timely and critical in ensuring the curve remains flat. Speaking during the flagging off event in Nestle offices Ngéntu Njeru, Nestlé East Africa Cluster, Managing Director said “As the pandemic spreads, the response to COVID-19 in prisons and other places of detention becomes more challenging and requires a community approach to help keep the detainees safe and free of the virus.
Speaking on behalf of the Kenya Prison Service, Senior Assistant Commissioner General Duncan Ogore thanked the three partnering entities noting the prisons by virtue of being overcrowded remain hotspot areas and thus this partnership is not only timely but crucial. He added, the Kenya Prison Service though faced with challenges is fully compliant with anti Covid-19 protocols key among them setting up isolation wards, revamped nutrition and improved hygiene in their facilities.
Myriam Sidibe, the NBCC chair reiterated, the provision of water and soap represents one of the easiest and best interventions against Covid-19 noting NBCC’s mission is to limit the spread of infections by improving hygiene practices and contribute to protecting lives and livelihoods across Kenya. Also present at the flag off was Rotary International District Governor Patrick Obath who reaffirmed his organizations commitment to serving and delivering much needed help to vulnerable and needy communities especially during this pandemic period. He further thanked Nestle for this very generous contribution and commitment more so that it targets a population that remains hidden from the public’s eye
This partnership brings a total number of hand washing facilities deployed by NBCC to over 5,400 countrywide, reaching over 15 million Kenyans.
During the event this is what the organisation representatives had to say;