Government raises concerns over stigmatization of COVID-19 patients

Health CAS Dr. Mercy Mwangangi. The country has recorded 604 more infections./COURTESY

The government is disturbed over what it termed as stigmatization against COVID-19 patients across the country.

At a media briefing Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr. Mercy Mwangangi said that it is shocking that such incidences are taking place even at a family level which is unprecedented.

“We continue to appeal to people not to stigmatize because it is important that we all adopt a brother’s keeper approach in trying to bring down this pandemic,” Mwangangi said.

She reminded Kenyans to uphold guidelines as stipulated by the ministry of health to avert further infections.

“We remind everyone that you need to wash your hands, wear your face masks all times in public places, maintain social distance and avoid any form of public gathering, ” Mwangangi said.

She pointed that 16 patients lost their lives in the last 24 hours, bringing total number of fatalities to 532.

From 4,470 samples tested, 322 people tested positive for the disease bringing total number of infections in the country to 31,763,

Out of the new cases, all were Kenyans except nine.  179 were male and 143 female age ranging from 3 to 92 years.

In terms of coastal counties Mombasa recorded 11 cases while three were from Taita Taveta county.

Other counties include, Nairobi had 106 cases, Kajiado 53, Machakos 25, Nakuru 25, Kiambu 23, Kisii 23, Busia 13, Kisumu 5 and Bomet 5. �