Covid-19: US Marines donate 200,000 face masks to Lamu residents

Lamu County Commissioner Irungu Macharia (centre) and US Marines at Mokowe shortly after donating face masks at Mokowe

Photo credit: Kalume Kazungu | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • The US military personnel are based at Lamu's Camp Simba.
  • Apart from Mokowe, the masks will also be distributed to all health facilities across the county  to curb the spread of the virus.

The fight against Covid-19 pandemic have received a major boost in Lamu County after US Marines donated 200,000 free re-usable face masks to the locals.

The US military personnel are based at Lamu's Camp Simba.

Civil Military Support Element (CMSE) Team Commander Shelton Thelismon who spoke to journalists on behalf of US Military at Mokowe Dispensary said all the rewashable face masks were made in Kenya and are part of the US military gesture for the continued partnership between the two countries in addressing the Covid-19 pandemic through effective responses.

Apart from Mokowe, the masks will also be distributed to all health facilities across the county to curb the spread of the virus. Mr Thelismon acknowledged that the masks would be useful despite arriving late due to logistical challenges.

"We saw the need to donate the rewashable face masks to help prevent further spread of Covid-19 in Lamu," said Mr Thelismon.

Lamu County Commissioner Irungu Macharia, who was present during the event, lauded the donation and urged members of the public to desist from flouting Covid-19 rules, including wearing face masks.

Mr Macharia further noted that Lamu's responses to tackling the global pandemic have been fruitful with the county registering only 125 positive cases and four fatalities.

"We are appreciative to our development partners for their assistance in aiding to curb the spread of Covid-19, which globally has been a challenge for all the countries that have been affected. As we receive the face masks donation, I urge the public to continue wearing masks despite the country slowly reopening with a decline in the number of infected cases countrywide," said Mr Macharia.  

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