With the unprecedented impact COVID-19 is having on society, keeping thousands home for the foreseeable future, Del Monte Kenya has availed its sophisticated and well-maintained spray equipment to be used in the fumigation of public spaces and markets within Murang’a County.
Areas to be targeted include public roads, public parks, bus stages, public toilets, and markets in Gatanga, Kahuro, Kigumo, Maragua, Kandara, Mathioya and Kangema sub-counties between March 26th to 28th.
“We’re committed to helping our customers and our communities get through this Coronavirus crisis. That’s why today we’ve partnered with Murangá County to fumigate public places within the County to manage the spread of this novel pandemic,” said Stergios Gkaliamoutsas, Del Monte Kenya’s Managing Director during the handover of the spray equipment.
The rapidly escalating epidemic has so far affected 28 people in Kenya and killed thousands more across the world.
Del Monte Kenya Limited has taken numerous steps to date aimed at navigating this challenging global situation, supporting its employees, and ensuring business continuity, as outlined below:
Since the emergence of the COVID-19, Del Monte Kenya Limited has activated its Crisis Management response teams so that it can continuously stay abreast of the situation and communicate the latest developments, proactively monitoring and adjusting business processes and procedures as necessary to ensure business continuity.
To increase social distancing, steps have been taken to reduce the number of employees in farm locations, packing houses, port operations and production facilities, while ensuring business continuity.
In addition to our strict Good Manufacturing Practices, Del Monte Kenya has increased the cleaning cycles in its facilities, protecting against pathogen cross-contamination and worker-to-worker spread. These include monitored handwashing practices and sanitization requirements.
Any employees showing signs of illness are immediately segregated from the workforce and monitored before being allowed to return. Although these practices were in place already as regular practice before, they have been instrumental in helping mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
The Company has also set aside a fully equipped quarantine center to isolate and manage employees who might become infected with COVID 19 before they are referred to Thika Level 5 hospital.
Del Monte Kenya Limited has also implemented business contingency plans to minimize disruption to the business if employees, suppliers or distribution are impacted, so that it may continue to operate for as long as it is safe to do so.