5 Covid-19 Patients in Mombasa Disappear, Manhunt Launched

Medical practitioners at a Coronavirus isolation and treatment facility in Mbagathi District Hospital on Friday, March 6, 2020.
Medical practitioners at a Coronavirus isolation and treatment facility in Mbagathi District Hospital on Friday, March 6, 2020.

Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho has revealed that five people who tested positive for Covid-19 in Mombasa Old Town had disappeared with their families.

The governor revealed this on Thursday, May 7 in a press conference on the first day of the partial lockdown imposed on Old Town, Mombasa.

Joho noted that a manhunt has been launched for the five and their families who were residing in a section of the coastal city that had defied calls by the governor to show up for mass testing.

Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho addressing the nation from State House Nairobi on April 25, 2020.
Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho addressing the nation from State House Nairobi on April 25, 2020.
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The governor was furious at the five who committed the heinous act and was left puzzled by their decision to disappear.

“I want to pick a particular example, the reports we have is that there are people who were tested positive in the recent 58 cases.

“There are five who have tested positive and instead of coming to our facilities to get treatment they decided to take their families and go into hiding, surely who are you helping with such kind of behaviour?

“I have never heard of someone who tested positive when you have the County Government, the National Government that is telling they will come for you and take you for treatment and those who can’t afford will be catered for but you take your family and go into hiding, who does that?”

“You go and hide in your relative’s houses or neighbours, what that means, therefore, is that you are also putting other family members at risk,” lamented Joho.

The Governor also noted that the disease is not a death sentence and people should not be ashamed of having it but they instead need to turn out for testing and treatment.

The incident comes after a number of people escaped the Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) quarantine centre in Nairobi on Tuesday, April 21.

Mombasa has been marked as a Covid-19 hotspot in the country due to the rising cases of positive cases and fatalities, on Thursday, May 5 Mombasa recorded two deaths.

The county has also been notorious for flouting Covid-19 government directives with residents paying little attention to social distancing.

More to follow…

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