KBC Staffers Test Positive For Covid-19

  • KBC main office entrance located along Harry Thuku Road, off University Way in the Nairobi city centre.
    KBC main office entrance located along Harry Thuku Road, off University Way in the Nairobi city centre.
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  • Two members of staff at the national broadcaster, Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) tested positive for Covid-19 on July 6.

    An internal memo sent out by KBC Managing Director Naim Bilal, confirmed the results, further urging staffers to exercise caution.

    "Despite our good efforts, it has emerged that two of our staff have tested positive for Covid-19. While appropriate protocols have been activated to prevent infection from the affected staff, the situation calls for enhanced personal responsibility within and outside Broadcasting House to protect ourselves, colleagues, families and others," reads the memo in part.

    The station implemented a number of measures to protect its staff after the pandemic broke out in Kenya, with 40 hand-washing and 25 sanitisation points designated at Broadcasting House.

    A health practitioner in protective gear at Coronavirus treatment and isolation facility in Mbagathi District Hospital, Nairobi on Friday, March 6, 2020.
    A health practitioner in protective gear at Coronavirus treatment and isolation facility in Mbagathi District Hospital, Nairobi on Friday, March 6, 2020.
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    Following the latest development at the national broadcaster, staffers were reminded to fully comply with all the governments and safety regulations on Covid-19. 

    Kenyan journalists, just like the rest of the work force across the globe, have seen a major disruption of how they operate while still performing their duty to the best of their abilities.

    Since the onset of the pandemic, frontline journalists have been risking their health to gather data and stories to inform the Kenyan people of the pandemic.

    On June 7, the U.S. Embassy donated 1,000 facemasks to Kenyan journalists and media houses as part of an ongoing measure to combat the spread of coronavirus.

    The U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter reiterated the importance of Kenyan journalists and media professionals in informing and updating the world on the coronavirus pandemic, going on to laud the great lengths journalists go to in the line of duty.

    KBC's latest development came on the day when President Uhuru Kenyatta announced the end of the cessation of movement directive, arguing that the country's economy was in need of a stimulus.

    Kenya's Covid-19 cases registered a sharp spike in the June 2020, with Health CAS Rashid Aman announcing that the country was currently at the steepest section of the infection rate curve.

    U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter presents donations of facemasks to Churchill Otieno from the Kenya Editors’ Guild (KEG) and Eric Oduor from the Kenya Union of Journalists (KUJ).
    U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter (Centre) presents donations of facemasks to Churchill Otieno (On His Right) from the Kenya Editors’ Guild (KEG) and Eric Oduor from the Kenya Union of Journalists (KUJ).
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