“I feel like an adopted son in Kenya”- Geoffrey Okundi.
Speaking to citizen TV during the news night, Geoffrey Okundi a student from Wuhan narrated their ordeal as Kenyan students in China. Asked how he feels concerning the response by the Kenyan government, Okundi told Waihiga Mwaura that he feels like an adopted son in Kenya
“Meals are actually very limited so you find yourself having to survive on one meal a day…For the past five weeks life has been really hard… For the five weeks that we have been under lock-down the city has turned into a ghost-town where there is nothing going on…” – Said Okundi, a Kenyan Student in Wuhan
Dr. Philip Muthoka explained that the government had put in place structures to detect and respond to any cases of the coronavirus in the country.
“As a task-force in Kenya we have put in place to structures to detect and respond to any cases of the coronavirus in the country… ” – Dr. Philip Muthoka, Member Coronavirus Task-force & Coordinator, MOH, Respiratory Pathogen Surveillance
But the Jeoffrey Okundi the student from Wuhan was quick to point out that no one had reached out to any Kenyan student from Wuhan for intervention.
“What’s really the work of the so called coronaviruskenya Task force if they haven’t reached out the locked Kenyans in china?” Jeffrey Okundi asked.
Dr.Philip however noted that it would be better to manage an infectious problem at the point of its origin than pass it over to another country. This really puts in doubts the commitment of the government to evacuate Kenyan citizens in China.
“We are very concerned about what is happening to Kenyan students in Wuhan… We believe it is better to manage an infectious problem at the point it has been identified rather than pass it over to another country where you are actually exposing innocent people” – Philip Muthoka
Dr. Loice Ombajo a UON Senior lecturer from the depertment of Infectious Diseases noted that plans must first be put in place before the students from China can be evacuated.
“For a country to be able to evacuate, there are certain plans that have to be put in place. We have to know where they will be placed, how they will be taken care of…” – Said Dr. Loice Ombajo, Infectious Disease Specialist & Senior Lecturer, UoN