Rashid Aman on Tuesday, July 21, lauded Kenyan celebrities who have come out
publicly to pronounce their COVID-19 status.
during the daily COVID-19 briefings at Afya House, Nairobi, CAS Aman encouraged
more people to come out as it’s one way to destigmatize the disease.
personalities as I have read in the papers, I think it’s a positive thing when
people in high office or who are celebrities or in media, come out and
pronounce their status. That is one way to destigmatize the disease,” said CAS
His statement comes a day after celebrated media personality
Jeff Koinange took to social media and declared he tested positive for
The health CAS also urged medical institutions not to turn
away patients presenting symptoms of COVID-19, adding that it’s not proper to
stigmatize people with the disease.
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“Institutions must be prepared for the reality that we have;
community transmission of COVID-19. Which mean that we will get people who
present with symptoms of COVID-19 in our facilities and we should treat them
just like any other person who comes in with symptoms of another disease,”
urged CAS Aman.
CAS Aman also announced that the country recorded 397 new
cases in the last 24 hours bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 14,168.
The death toll has also risen to 250 after 12 more people
died as 642 patients discharged.