The Ministry of Health is banking on the community policing groups such as the Nyumba Kumi Initiative, local administration and estate groups to monitor the Covid-19 patients on home-based care.

Health Chief Administrative Secretary Mercy Mwangangi said this on Monday when she announced 59 new Covid-19 cases, raising the national tally to 4,797.

Dr Mwangangi said the success of the homecare programme required the active participation of “friendly forces” to ensure the compliance to isolation and care protocols.

She added that the ministry was working on partnerships with community-based organisations and civil society groups to roll out educational programmes to stop the stigma and to ensure that the public observes the containment measures. “Our renewed focus is now to strengthen community engagement structures in the counties.

“This is absolutely critical, particularly, now that we are talking of community spread of the virus,” said Dr Mwangangi.