As might already be public knowledge, the alleged infection of Kilifi Deputy Governor Gideon Saburi with the contagious Covid-19 disease has sparked massive panic across the county, over fears that the patient might have infected others he came into contact with, on multiple public gatherings he attended prior to his admission in hospital.
While I laud Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe’s order that Saburi and others who violate the 14-days mandatory self-quarantine will be prosecuted for endangering the lives of Kenyans, I am concerned that the current anxiety in Kilifi has not been accorded the seriousness and urgency it deserves.
I am particularly worried about the capacity of the Kilifi health department to solely contain further spread of the virus within the county and the larger Coastal Region, at the moment given that this case was confirmed a week into the patient’s stay in the county after his return from the virus-stricken Germany.
It is therefore my humble request that the National Emergency Response Committee on Coronavirus declare Kilifi a priority county in the counter Covid-19 war, and roll out urgent measures for extensive screening of county residents beyond the list of contact persons picked from the Deputy Governor’s case.
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The team should also consider compelling persons who came in contact with the Deputy Governor to come public, to ease the screening and testing work of the Response Committee and prevent further spread of the virus.
I also urge Kilifi residents to strictly adhere to the government’s directives on preventative measures against the Corona pandemic, particularly on maintaining hygiene and avoiding religious and public gathering, to reduce contact incidents and avoid further spread of the virus.
Let’s go the extra mile of perseverance, at least for the time being to safeguard our health wellbeing and that of our loved ones.
God bless Kilifi, God bless Kenya.
HON. AISHA JUMWA