Citizen TV Editorial Director Joe Ageyo expressed his distate for the manner in which the Ministry of Health is handling the spiking Covid-19 cases in the country.
While appearing on News Gang on Thursday, July 30, the celebrated journalist took issue with a statement that Health CAS Mercy Mwangangi made in May regarding the virus.
In one of the daily press briefings, Mwangangi had cautioned Kenyans to brace for tough times and prepare to live with the virus for a long time which would incorporate mental and physical adjustments in the way of life.
Ageyo was however aggrieved by the Ministry of Health's lack of specific guidelines in ways Kenyans can learn to live with the virus.Health CAS Mercy Mwangangi addressing the media on the state of Covid-19 in Kenya. May 25, 2020.
"From what the CAS said in May, the first part has obviously come to pass. The virus is showing every sign of being here for a long time.
"The second part of the May statement remains as intriguing as it was back then. Have we really learnt how to live with it?... Are we to believe that Kenyans now know how to live with the virus?," stated Ageyo.
While arguing that Kenyans do not know what to do in terms of living with the virus, he also pointed out that Mwangangi's statement came at a time the positive cases had barely hit 1,000 and no death had been recorded.
"How does living with the virus look like for a lady selling her wares at Gikomba Market? Tonight I am taking the challenge where it came from. It is the Ministry of Health that told us to learn how to live with the virus.
"Shouldn't they have been the ones to tell us how to live with it? Tonight I submit to the Ministry of Health to cut down or drop the tiring numbers and daily statements and focus on giving us practical steps on how to live with this virus," he added.
So far, the dreaded virus has claimed 325 lives and left behind a caseload of 19,913.
In the statistics, the virus has not spared officials with Government Spokesperson Cyrus Oguna, Citizen TV anchor Jeff Koinange and Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentists union Chibanzi Mwachonda having tested positive.
The World Health Organisation (WHO), in an update in May, confirmed that the virus might not go away completely and may turn endemic.
That was after new clusters of the virus emerged in countries like China which had recorded dwindling cases.
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