1st Kenyan Covid-19 Patient Speaks Out [VIDEO]

  • Survivors of Covid-19 pandemic Brenda (left) and Brian who got cured of the disease speak to President Uhuru Kenyatta at Afya House on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.
    Survivors of Covid-19 pandemic Brenda (left) and Brian who got cured of the disease speak to President Uhuru Kenyatta at Afya House on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.
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  • UPDATE 1:15 PM: Peter and Jenifer Rono, the parents of Ivy Brenda on Wednesday,  April 1, stated that they were very anxious but hopeful during the three days their daughter was in quarantine.

    Speaking to Daily Nation, her parents stated that the news of their last born daughter contracting the disease was very devastating.

    "When she did not come home immediately after her return, we called to inquire what was happening and she asked for a few more days, only to learn through a television announcement by the Health Cabinet Secretary that a person fitting her description and previous itinerary had been taken into isolation," Rono's father stated.

    In addition, they stated that it was their neighbours that alerted them that their daughter was on TV on Wednesday, April 1, in a video conference with the president.

    "We are forever grateful to the doctors, nurses, chefs and cleaners who supported our daughter while in quarantine. The same goes to all those who prayed for her and sent get-well messages," Jenifer stated.


    On Wednesday, April 1, President Uhuru Kenyatta revealed the face of the first confirmed coronavirus case in Kenya during a videoconference.

    President Uhuru taking notes during the video conference meeting held with IGAD members state leaders on March 30, 2020.
    President Uhuru taking notes during the video conference meeting held with IGAD members state leaders on March 30, 2020.
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    Kenya's patient zero, only known as Brenda, spoke of her experience as a Covid-19 patient.

    "I first went to the US on December 19, 2019, and I landed in Texas. When I finished my stay there, I took a flight from Ohio and I had some interactions with certain people.

    "From there, I took a flight to London, where I think I may have contracted the disease or in the plane to Nairobi," Brenda stated.

    "After landing in the Country three days after, when I suspected there might have been something off, as a patriotic Kenyan citizen, I decided to watch the response of my body for a day and the next day I presented myself at Mbagathi Hospital," she continued.

    In addition, Brenda thanked the staff at the hospital, which has since been set aside for patients who have contracted Covid-19.

    "They took my situation seriously and gave me the masks immediately. I told them that I had gone abroad and I was having a cough.

    "For the last 23 days, I have been in quarantine and I have been receiving proper treatment and I am very thankful to the nurses at Kenyatta National Hospital.

    "It was not an easy thing because the nurses were also under pressure since I was the first patient and they had not seen this before, the doctors as well," Brenda explained.

    Further, she assured Kenyans that the Coronavirus disease was manageable and treatable.

    "Sometimes you may show very mild symptoms, just a cough and a headache. As a responsible Kenyan citizen, you should contact the authorities and be confident because they are going to treat you," Brenda affirmed.