Friday May 15, 2020 – Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok is on the spotlight after he offered his residents a rather peculiar piece of advice in order to keep safe from Coronavirus.

Speaking yesterday, Nanok told Turkanas to use cow urine as hand sanitizers to disinfect and stay safe from Covid19. 

He noted that using soap and water was superior to sanitizers but in the absence of all three, he recommended an age-old technique of ‘disinfection’ by using cow urine.

“The first frontline is to wash your hands with soap.”

“I think to me that is the most effective way.”

“Use sanitisers only when you cannot access water and other things.”

“I’ve seen people using cow urine, they are using the same old technique.”

“In fact, they have been using it to disinfect the cow udder before milking it and it has been very effective.”

“They have adopted that without asking because they know it is effective but I think the responsibility is for all of us,” noted the governor.

Surprisingly, Professor Mwatilu Mwau, an infectious disease specialist, also shares Nanok’s views on cow urine.

“Cow urine cannot disinfect but it will keep hands clean, it is not a disinfectant but it is mostly comprised of water so it will keep their hands clean.”

“Because in the area water is scarce then it will work as a substitute for water, of course, you hope that the cow does not have diseases because cows also get diseases like sexually transmitted diseases due to their promiscuous nature,” explained the professor.

Mwau went on to add that cow urine has little ammonia content which will not be effective in the disinfecting process but noted that the method is reasonably safe.


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