Currently, Kenya and the rest of the world are joining hands in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic as declared by the World Health Organization (WHO). This pandemic continues to claim thousands of lives every day and countries are rushing to come up with measures to curb the virus and deaths resulting from the same.
We the members of civil society organizations involved in Tobacco Control, Alcohol Control, Cancer Control, Drugs Control and Health Promotion, are pleased that the Kenyan Government is coming up with progressive measures to ensure the COVID-19 curve is flattened and the situation is manageable. We support the government’s position of restricting movement through the curfew and restricting access to certain major counties where the spread of the virus is reported to be on the rise. We are also aware that these measures gave special consideration to essential products and services.
We are however, saddened that the Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development has chosen to enlist alcohol and tobacco as part of essential products (as reported in one of the local dailies dated April 08, 2020). We believe that this move will not only make the Ministry of Health and the government’s efforts counterproductive in the fight against COVID-19 but also subject Kenyans to unnecessary yet preventable deaths.
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