Kenyan governor makes headlines as he proposes plan to include “small bottles of Hennessy” along with the food packages to be distributed to the poor as coronavirus relief packages.
Governor Mike Sonko says in a clip tweeted by Citizen TV Kenya that he has a logical reason for handing out care packages including 100ml bottles of Hennessy.
He argues further about the alcohol content in hand sanitizers and its disinfectant properties as part of his reasoning. “If you take any sanitizer and check the alcohol content, you’ll find this to be true,” he stressed.
He declares that: “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.”
However, Anne-Claire Delamere, Hennessy Kenya’s general manager released a statement saying:
Nairobi’s Senator Mike Sonko speaks to the media after casting his vote for the Jubilee Party primaries election on April 26, 2017 in Nairobi, to choose candidates ahead of parliament and local government. Sonko is running for gubernatorial race for the city Nairobi. / AFP PHOTO / SIMON MAINA (Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP via Getty Images)
“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, practicing social distancing and staying at home.”
Meanwhile, apart from the Hennessy ‘comic relief’, Sonko’s relief package includes some very useful items. Families will receive food, hand sanitizer, masks, cleaning products, and other household basics to go along with their Henny.
In order to disinfect and protect against COVID-19, WHO recommends that alcohol-based sprays, wipes, and hand sanitizers have an alcohol content of at least 70%.
On the other hand, Hennessy only has an alcohol content of 40%, which is not strong enough to kill viruses.
WHO also says drinking alcohol does not protect against the coronavirus and that frequent or excessive alcohol use can even increase the risk of health problems.