Why revealing names and faces of patients who tested positive COVID-19 is risky — Health Director General explains
By Vincent Kejitan | March 31st 2020
Ministry of Health Director-General Dr Patrick Amoth on Monday revealed why it is not wise to reveal the names and faces of those who have tested positive for Coronavirus.
A caller stated that it would make sense to reveal the faces since all those who came into contact with the patients would self-quarantine but Amoth had a different opinion.
Speaking during an interview on Citizen TV, Amoth said
revealing the names and faces of the patients would subject them to stigmatization.
“We do not want these patients to experience stigmatization.
We urge the public to treat those who have recovered normally,” he said.
Adding: “This might make those who are positive to refuse to
come forth and tell us their contacts.
“Those who are in hospital have really cooperated by giving
us names of people they interacted with.”
Asked whether the masks available are reusable, Amoth
maintained that they should only be used by those who are positive or those
handling patients in high-risk environments.
He discouraged Kenyans against misusing them saying they are
scarce and need to be put into good use.
Amoth added that they can even expose one to greater risk if
your hand comes into contact with the virus and you touch the mask and wear it.
Some Kenyans how the 7pm-5am curfew is helping the situation
and Amoth said it is important since many people let their guard down in the
evening especially while socializing.
“Curfew time was imposed because it makes scientific sense
in that people socialize in evenings, that’s when they lose the sense of social
distancing,” he said.
The DG further echoed Health CS Mutahi Kagwe’s sentiments
that those in Nairobi should avoid going upcountry for fear of infecting the
Earlier, Amoth said that the ministry postulates that Kenya could
have 1000 cases by first week of April, 5000 by mid-April and 10,000 by end of
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