Panic in Kisii over Coronavirus forces county government to seek clarification from CS Kagwe
The announcement by Health CS Mutahi Kagwe that one of the latest Coronavirus patients is in Kisii has sent panic within the county of bananas.
Residents of the county went into panic on hearing their territory being mentioned for the fast time since the virus broke out in Kenya.
The CS, in what has now turned out to be ambiguity, said among the 14 people who tested positive for Coronavirus on Tuesday, one was from Kisii county.
This, seemingly, caught the county leadership under Governor James Ongwae unawares, as they had not tested anyone positive for the virus.
Residents also began raising alarm among themselves, prompting the governor to call CS Kagwe to seek clarification over the development.
It was after Ongwae’s call to the CS that it was made clear that the said patient is quarantined in Nairobi but hails from Kisii county.
“I wish to clarify that having consulted with the Ministry of Health officials in Nairobi, we have found out that the said COVID-19 positive case involves a person who is not currently a resident of Kisii county but whose home of origin is Kisii county. I wish to state that the we have been briefed that the patient had travelled from Dubai to Nairobi and was being quarantined in Nairobi where samples were taken and testing done which unfortunately tested positive. It has been further confirmed that the said person has not travelled to Kisii,” the governor said.
Ongwae, apparently relieved, quickly issued a press statement denying Kisii county has its first coronavirus case, and urged the residents to remain calm as the county is on high alert.
He, however, admitted that there have been suspected cases in quarantine and whose samples were sent to the national government for testing.
The governor says the cases have since returned negative results.