Kitui county led by its governor Charity Ngilu launched free mask distribution to all its primary and secondary schools.
Kitui county which has a total of 1,400 primary schools saw its total of 71,000 grade 4 and class 8 pupils benefitting from the county free mask to schools campaign aimed at slowing the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
Governor Ngilu who spoke during the launch of the masks for schools in Matinyani Boys Secondary School said the county will support schools to meet the Covid-19 health protocals and health standards set by the Ministry of Health.
The move will see a total of 200,000 washable and reusable facemasks made in KICOTEC distributed to all schools in the county.
“My administration is keen on innovation to ensure many products are produced locally thus increasing use of local products and reduce expenditure on imports,” Mrs Ngilu said.
The County Commissioner emphasized the governors effort to promote local manufacturing as key towards boosting the local economy.
The County Director of Education Mr. Odipo commended the move as significant saying will relieve parents the burden of buying facemasks for their children.
The county also distributed non-contact thermo guns to the schools.