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NBCC In Partnership With Nestlé Kenya And Rotary Club Of Kenya Donate Water To The Kenya Prisons Service

In Efforts To Curb Spread Of COVID-19, the National Business Compact on COVID- 19 (NBCC) has partnered with Nestlé Kenya and the Rotary International District 9212 to enable hygiene practices within the prisons in Nairobi.

Through this partnership, Kenya Prisons Service will be fetching about 20,000 liters of water per day as and when needed which will also be accompanied with soap and 18 handwashing stations donated by NBCC to facilitate and increase the uptake of handwashing in the prisons.

The water will be sourced from Nestlé’s borehole at its factory in the Industrial area and distributed to the prisons by The Rotary Club of Kenya through its water bowser on a need basis.

The very nature of prisons and the population they harbor lends it to a potentially high-risk area, especially on occasions or days when there is water outages or rationing.

The Nairobi prisons currently receive water from Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company but the demand occasionally outstrips the supply, hence it is imperative that the prison authority beef up the water supplies especially during the pandemic and further ensure that the handwashing stations have both clean water and soaps at all times.

Mr. 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. Nestlé cares deeply for people and for the communities in which we operate, and we have an essential role to play in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 amongst vulnerable communities”

With a prison population of over 6,171 inmates in Nairobi and its environs, the Kenyan government has enacted stringent directives in prisons such as restricting visitors to ensure the safety of the inmates. Other measures include health education to inmates on how COVID-19 is spread and training of Prison staff on COVID-19 prevention.

“I am pleased to be partnering with these three organizations today. As we all know prisons have been identified as an area of concern as they are often overcrowded and have inmates and staff coming and going. I want to assure you that we are at the forefront of assessing and preventing the possible spread of this pandemic in our penal facilities countrywide by enforcing strict measures to ensure that we effectively contain the spread of the virus and that we have,” said Mr. Dancan Ogore, Senior Assistance Commissioner General of Prisons.

Handwashing and proper sanitation have been emphasized, as one of the key preventative measures to combat COVID -19.

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