Police Hunt for Missing Kasarani Suspected Covid-19 Patient

  • Kenya Police officers pictured at a crime scene.
    Kenya Police officers pictured at a crime scene.
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  • Police have launched a manhunt for a suspected Coronavirus patient who went missing after he was directed to self-quarantine.

    A statement seen by Kenyans.co.ke indicated that one Evans Kevogo had visited St Francis Hospital along Kasarani Mwiki Road after he arrived in the country from Dubai, the United Arab Emirates on Monday, March 16, 2020.

    After samples were obtained from him for a Covid-19 test, Kevogo was asked to await results. However, he grew impatient and decided to take himself to Mbagathi Hospital in the company of his wife.

    Medical practitioners in protective gear at the Coronavirus Isolation facility in Mbagathi District Hospital on Friday, March 6, 2020.
    Medical practitioners in protective gear at the Coronavirus Isolation facility in Mbagathi District Hospital on Friday, March 6, 2020.
    Simon Kiragu
    KENYANS.CO.KE

    "He was exhibiting symptoms similar to Covid-19. He allegedly visited Mbagathi Hospital and was asked to quarantine himself," the statement by the police reads in part.

    As it is yet to be confirmed whether he is positive of the virus or not, police have launched a manhunt to establish Kevogo's whereabouts.

    The police officers from the Kasarani Police Station yet again responded to another call at St Francis Hospital over reports of another suspected Coronavirus case.

    They had been alerted by a nurse at the facility of a patient who had checked into the hospital exhibiting Covid-19 like symptoms.

    The patient, one Davis Kioki Muturi, 40, resides in Suntown Kasarani area. He had travelled back into the country via the UK on March 16, 2020.

    Eunice Mwabili who is a nurse at the facility informed that Muturi is under isolation at the facility.

    Following the outbreak of the Coronavirus Pandemic, Kenya has recorded 16 confirmed cases as of Monday, March 23, 2020. A number of them are of individuals who travelled back into the country and a couple that had come into contact with the patients.

    Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has since issued a stern warning to Kenyans and holders of valid residential permits and urged them to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days upon arrival into the country.

    The CS invoked the Public Health Act, further pronouncing that defiance of the given regulations issued by the national government would portend legal action.

    The first casualty being Kilifi Deputy Governor Gideon Saburi who tested positive for Coronavirus. The DG had travelled back into the country but failed to self-quarantine, as directed by the government.

    While issuing a presser at Afya House on March 22, 2020, Kagwe stated that legal action would be taken against the Kilifi county's second in command.

    Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe addresses the media at Mbagathi District Hospital on Friday, March 6, 2020
    Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe addresses the media at Mbagathi District Hospital on Friday, March 6, 2020
    Simon Kiragu
    Kenyans.co.ke