Several counties in the country have been embracing
technology in the fight against the novel coronavirus, installing disinfectant
booth in public areas to help curb the spread.
With examples from Laikipia, Nanyuki and Trans Nzoia setting
the pace, disinfectant booth seems to be a nascent trend in the current fight
Dr. Patrick Waihenya, the CEO Nyahururu County Teaching and
Referral Hospital, explains that disinfectant in the booth is sprayed at a very
high pressure (Vapour form) and one does not have to worry about getting wet.
The Doctor adds that, the booth is however meant for adult
and not young children.
“A toddler should not, but her mother should. This is
vapour, immediately you step out of the booth, it evaporates,” said Dr.
However, the doctor rules out the believe that the disinfectant
can treat or completely prevent Coronavirus, adding that all you should is
follow the guidelines set by the ministry of health.
“Nothing is hundred percent, but, having your mask on, your
hands clean, and then through the booth, your chances of infection are reduced
significantly,” he said.
In most places where the booth has been installed in the
country, people are required to wash their hands, sanitize before passing
“At the entrance, just as the ministry of health advises, we
have water and soap for people to clean up their hands before going through the
booth, where they are sprayed the whole body,” said Paul Ojiambo, sales manager
Mini Bakeries Rift Valley during the donation of the booth in Trans Nzoia
Modern disinfectant booth. Image|Courtesy
Modern scientific disinfectant booths are equipped with
thermometers, antimicrobial coating and sanitizing spray.
The booth first checks a person’s temperature before
welcoming them inside for a 40-second disinfection process.
According to the Airport Authority Hong Kong, “full-body
disinfection channel facility” involves a multi-faceted cleaning approach.
“The interior surface of the channel is equipped with
antimicrobial coating which can remotely kill virus and bacteria on human
bodies and clothing,” read part of the Hong Kong AA statement during the
installation of the booth late May 2020.
The booth sprays a sanitizing liquid from BioEm into the
air. “The channel is kept under negative pressure to prevent
cross-contamination between the outside and inside environment,” continued