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SADIQ KHAN was urged to provide transport workers with personal protective equipment (PPE) today by a woman whose son was one of nine bus drivers in Britain who have died from Covid-19.
Anne Nyack criticised the Mayor of London for not taking more preventative measures to protect transport workers.
Her son, Emeka Nyack Ihenacho, 36, worked in north London for Metroline, which has confirmed the deaths of two more employees, named as Alperton driver Said Musse and Willesden garage supervisor Paul Ahetto.
Ms Nyack said: “He needs to get out there and have a look at the buses and see what condition the drivers are operating in. They are at risk, my son was at risk, sadly he died.”
She said her son had spoken to his partner and his sister about the “dirty” state of buses.
Ms Nyack said of her son: “He was given hand sanitiser – he had no mask, no gloves, nothing. Plus, he was asthmatic, he was open to the elements.
“I don’t want a letter or a telephone call, I want him (Mr Khan) to see the real faces of the tragedy, which is me and all the other bus drivers that have lost their lives.”
Mr Khan confirmed that 14 transport workers in London had died from Covid-19, including eight bus drivers.
In response to Ms Nyack’s claims the mayor said the transport industry was using “antiviral disinfectant” to clean steering wheels, handles, bus garages and rest rooms.
He added that Perspex screens with protective film were also protecting drivers.
Mr Khan said a new measure was being piloted in which passengers would enter and leave through the back door of London buses, but there were concerns that this would lead to congestion among passengers.
As well as Mr Ihenacho, two other Metroline workers have died in the last few days — Alperton driver Said Musse and Willesden garage supervisor Paul Ahetto.
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