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Kenyan Governor criticized over plans to include Hennessy as coronavirus care packages

A Kenyan governor has been lampooned for planning to include “small bottles of Hennessy” along with the food packages to be distributed to the less privileged as care packages.

Governor Mike Sonko presented the plans during a Tuesday press briefing. He  said he has sound reasons for handing out care packages including 100ml bottles of Hennessy.

Sonko said in a clip, tweeted by Citizen TV Kenya.
“From the research which has been conducted by World Health Organization (WHO) and various health organizations, it has been revealed that alcohol plays a very major role in killing the coronavirus or any sort of virus,”

He added that hand sanitizers and disinfectants have alcohol in them.
“If you take any sanitizer and check the alcohol content, you’ll find this to be true’’.

However, Hennessy Kenya’s general manager, Anne-Claire Delamere, said that “Hennessy would like to stress that the consumption of our brand or any other alcoholic beverage does not protect against the virus.
In line with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health Kenya (MoH), Hennessy advises on washing hands regularly with soap and water or hydro-alcoholic gels, wearing face masks, practising social distancing and staying at home.”
Similarly, Dr. Githinji Gitahi, the global CEO of Amref Health Africa, has condemned Sonko through his twitter handle. He said “Please completely ignore clowning of a major global pandemic taking lives & putting extreme pressure on households,” he wrote. “Dump this the way you would dump your used #COVID19 #mask — never to be recovered! @MOH_Kenya needs to condemn this as this is not an ordinary citizen!”

It will be recalled that The World Health Organization has said that drinking alcohol does not protect against the coronavirus and that frequent or excessive alcohol use can lead to health issues.

Source: Guardian News

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