Tragedy as 48 family members contract COVID-19 in Migori

Gordon Ogola
Nakuru-based Advocate Gordon Ogola whose 48 family members have contracted coronavirus. [Photo courtesy]

A Nakuru-based advocate has narrated a chilling tale of how 48 of his family members back in Gondoche village, Migori County have been ravaged by COVID-19.

Gordon Ogola says that the virus did not spare his clan either. In a span of seven days, 48 people in his lineage have tested positive for coronavirus.

“The last one or so week has been harrowing to the Ogola family and clan. In a span of seven days we have 48 infections in the family including my 80-year-old mum,” he recounted as quoted by the Star.

His mother is currently in the intensive care unit. She has been in the ICU for five days.

Sadly, Ogola lost his elder brother to the virus within 24 hours of his admission to hospital.

“My 61-year-old brother Moses Osoro Ogola succumbed within 24 hours of admission,” he said.

Those who have been around her mother – sisters, stepmother, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, cousins and workers – tested positive for coronavirus.

He offers that communal infection is now a reality and Kenyans should take more caution.

He also allayed fears that his whole village could be wiped out by the virus adding “Put us in your prayers. I want to plead with all of us to spread the gospel of the reality of this pandemic.”

Last week, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe warned the communal infection just entered its peak.

He urged Kenyans to be responsible warning that relaxed behaviour in observing of Ministry of Health’s guidelines in taming the spread of coronavirus would be costly.

His sentiments were reiterated by Dr Rashid Aman, the Health CAS on Tuesday when giving the daily coronavirus brief.

A week ago President Uhuru Kenyatta in his 9th address on the state of the nation since the pandemic remarked that “It is evident that those who have displayed such a careless attitude have suffered greatly and in this case, we are not special. Let us not follow those examples that will hurt us in the end.”

By Tuesday, Kenya had recorded 23,202 coronavirus cases with 388 deaths recorded so far.