Media House Shuts Down After 9 Test Positive for Covid-19

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  • A Kericho-based radio station, Radio Light and Life, has shut down after nine staff tested positive for Covid-19.

    In a statement signed by the head of radio, Lyton Yegon, he indicated that the nine staff members had been taken to the Kericho County Referral Hospital isolation facility.

    "All the 9 staff have been taken in for Isolation and Contact Tracing is underway by the Department of Health, County Government of Kericho," reads the statement.

    A medical practitioner dressed in protective gear at Coronavirus isolation and treatment facility in Mbagathi District Hospital on Friday, March 6, 2020.
    A medical practitioner dressed in protective gear at the Coronavirus isolation and treatment facility in Mbagathi District Hospital on Friday, March 6, 2020.
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    Kenyans.co.ke

    Additionally, Yegon stated that the radio station would be closed for two weeks from Wednesday, July 22, time that would allow staff to receive proper medical attention as well as premises to be fumigated.

    "We have therefore, in consultation with the Board of Directors, Media Council of Kenya and the Department of Health, Kericho County decided to close down the radio station for two weeks effective today at 5.00 pm," read the statement in part.

    The station has also requested its audience to adhere to the strict guidelines provided by the Ministry of Health to combat the spread of the virus.

    Other media houses have also started taking stringent measures in the fight against covid-19.

    On Thursday morning, some of Radio Africa presenters including Felix Odiwuor (Jalang'o), Mike Mondo of Classic FM, Jacob Ghost Mulee of Radio Jambo among others, had to host their shows from home.

    A source who spoke to Kenyans.co.ke indicated that the presenters would work from home until their Covid-19 results came back, which would be a week from now.

    Additionally, the Radio Africa offices would be fumigated during this time.

    The Ministry of Health has lauded media personalities and celebrities who have gone public with their results, disclosing that it would help in destigmatizing the disease.

    "We need to encourage people coming out and state their case. It helps us to recognise that the disease can affect anyone and that if handled well, most of the people will recover from this disease," CAS Aman pleaded.

    Health CAS Rashid Aman addressing the media at a press briefing. May 13, 2020.
    Health CAS Rashid Aman addressing the media at a press briefing. May 13, 2020..
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