PS Kibicho Opens Up on Battling Covid-19

  • Interior PS Karanja Kibicho addresses a summit in Mombasa on January 13, 2020.
    Interior PS Karanja Kibicho addresses a summit in Mombasa on January 13, 2020.
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  • Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho on Saturday, November 28, opened up on his battle with Covid-19.

    Kibicho was speaking during a funeral service at Gathuthuini Primary School in Kirinyaga County when he disclosed that he tested positive for coronavirus, got treated and was discharged from hospital.

    "Those who are suffering from the disease should not worry because they will get well. Out of 100 people who contract it in Kenya, only two people die," Kibicho stated.

    Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho inspecting projects in Tharaka Nithi on Thursday, October 15
    Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho inspecting projects in Tharaka Nithi on Thursday, October 15
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    The PS urged residents not to stigmatise Covid-19 patients, insisting that the virus was curable.

    "Patients should be showed love and not rejection. When they are abandoned, they become depressed and may take longer to recover," Kibicho told the residents.

    He also persuaded the residents to get tested so that they are treated in good time in case of a positive result. 

    Kibicho asked the residents to follow the Ministry of Health protocols, which include wearing masks, washing hands regularly and practicing social distancing, to curb the spread of the disease.

    "If I had the power, I would lock Nairobi during the festive season to curb spread of the disease to rural areas," Kibicho stated.

    So far, 81,656 individuals have tested positive for the virus. Of this, 54,125 have recovered while 1,441 have died.

    His revelation came just months after Government spokesperson Cyrus Oguna narrated his near-death experience after contracting Covid-19.

    The government spokesman disclosed that on the night he was hospitalised, he experienced excruciating pain in his chest that made breathing difficult.

    "Breathing was extremely difficult and any effort to do so felt like a bayonet (dagger) was being driven through my chest. I was literally gasping for air," he disclosed.

    Government Spokesman Cyrus Oguna addresses the media at Kenyatta National Hospital on Saturday, March 14, 2020
    Government Spokesman Cyrus Oguna addresses the media at Kenyatta National Hospital on Saturday, March 14, 2020
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