Uncertainty, panic, and confusion have gripped Kenyans as after a male Chinese student was quarantined at the Kenyatta National Hospital with Corona virus-like symptoms. The Tuesday scene was marked with a mixture of fear and a sense of normalcy for those who went about their business oblivious of the lingering threat.
The said patient on January 27 took his flight to Nairobi via Guangzhou and Bangkok, Thailand. He disembarked at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport yesterday, January 28 at 6:16 am
The outgoing Health CS, Mrs. Sicily Kariuki issued a statement saying immediately the victim was identified, he was isolated in a temporary holding room at the airport before being transferred to Kenyatta National Hospital for admission.
A section of her statement read
On the morning of January 28, the Ministry of Health was cautioned about a passenger aboard Flight KQ887 from Guangzhou who, upon screening on arrival, was found to have a fever. The traveler reported he had not been in contact with a known case of the novel coronavirus 2019 (2019-nCoV),” said Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki.
On examination, the patient was found to be in a stable condition, and all the vital symptoms were within their normal range.
At KNH, a shaken member of staff said: “We have all along ignored and dismissed this case as a Chinese problem, but now it is here with us.”
So far, the total confirmed number of infected people is 2798, out of which 80 have died. According to the World Health Organization, infections have been reported in Japan, Thailand, South Korea, France, and Australia, and the US.
Kenyans are advised to remain calm as the government increases surveillance and intensifies checks at all entry points.
Under such circumstances, rush for a check-up in any case you notice the following symptoms
Common Human Corona viruses Symptoms
- Sore throat.
- Runny nose.
- A general feeling of being unwell.