Kenyans have been urged to avoid public gatherings even as campaign fever grips the nation ahead of next year’s polls to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Speaking at Nanyuki Cottage Hospital during the launch of Dr Mary Robertson Glasgow funeral home, Health Chief Administrative Secretary Rashid Aman, lauded the hospital management for boosting Covid-19 vaccination, with a record of 300 people inoculated daily.

“I want to congratulate the hospital for its excellence in providing quality care. I am appealing to the people in this region to turn out in large numbers and get the vaccination,”

Rashid warned that the gains made to tame the spread of the highly contagious viral disease could be lost if measures were not observed during the campaign period. He also noted that the government has enough vaccines and is hopeful that it will hit the target of vaccinating 10 million people by the end of December.

Rashid urged health facilities that are approved to carry out vaccinations to order vaccines from the government’s central store in Kitengela.

“I urge local leaders to mobilize communities to go for the jab to enable the government to vaccinate as many people as possible because there is hesitancy among certain groups in the country,” he added.

Rashid noted that the economy has been significantly affected by the pandemic, adding that for the government to fully open up the economy, Kenyans must comply with Ministry of Health (MOH) guidelines.

Nanyuki Cottage Hospital Chief Executive Dr Anup Das said the facility is acclaimed in the region for offering Covid-19 vaccination, after inoculating at least 4,700 people in the last few months. “We are pleased that we are one of the leading vaccine providers with the help of MOH. We appreciate the government for the support in the fight against the pandemic,” Das said.

Das also noted that Dr Mary Robertson Glasgow funeral home was designed in consultation with the government pathologist. “We are delighted to announce that both the private and public sector, for the greater benefit of the community, will use this autopsy facility to serve all,” Das said.

Mary Glasgow Trustees representative Hamish Keith said they decided to build a morgue at the hospital due to its progressive growth over the years.

Edited by: Chepkosgei Jedidah