I would lock down Nairobi over Christmas, PS Kibicho says after battling COVID-19

Interior PS Dr Karanja Kibicho. a
Interior PS Dr Karanja Kibicho. [Photo: Courtesy]

Dr Karanja Kibicho, the PS for Interior and Coordination of National Government Ministry has opened up for the first on his battle with COVID-19.

Kibicho who has been away from the public scene for a while told mourners at a funeral ceremony in Kirinyaga on Saturday that he has been recovering after contracting the virus.

He disclosed that he was admitted in hospital where he gallantly fought the virus before he was discharged to make full recovery at home.

Dr Kibocho while asking Kenyan not to let their guard down said that there is no cause to worry as COVID-19 patients are making full recovery.

“Those who are suffering from the disease should not worry because they will get well,” adding “patients should be showed love and not rejection. When they are abandoned, they become depressed and may take longer to recovery.”

He insisted that there is grave danger in having Kenyans in Nairobi travel upcountry for the Christmas holiday.

The Interior PS stated that the danger is that more people in the rural areas could contract this disease

On Friday, the COVID-19 tally was at 81,656 with 1,441 dead.

Kibicho spoke as the Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) told Senate’s Health Committee that it is testing below its capacity.

Kemri said it is now doing tests of at least 4,700 as opposed to is 10,000 testing capacity.

The institution cited lack of Protective Personal Equipment (PPE) and laboratory supplies to aid in COVID-19 testing.