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18 contacts traced in Makueni after interacting with Covid-19 patient

The  Makueni  Chief Officer  for Health , Dr. Patrick Musyoki addressing the press at the Governor’s office on the status of Covid-19 in the county on Tuesday June 9, 2020. Photo by Roselyne Kavoo/KNA.

Makueni  County Government has traced 18 people who came in contact with the first patient who tested positive for the disease in the county on Sunday.

The  County Health Chief Officer, Dr. Patrick Musyoki  said the 18 were picked by the county surveillance team and have been put under quarantine at the Makindu Kenya Medical Training Centre.

Dr. Musyoki said further tracing of contacts was ongoing to ensure that all those that interacted with the patient are isolated to prevent the spread of the disease.

He said the patient, a 35- year- old man based at the Konza Technocity in Malili had been admitted to the county Covid treatment centre at the Makueni County Referral Hospital.

The Chief Officer said the patient was still asymptomatic but had been put under management.

“The patient is doing very well, he is still not showing any symptoms but we have started managing him,” he said.

Dr. Musyoki appealed for calm and urged residents to continue observing the directives given by the Ministry of Health to curb the spread of the disease.

“We need to get more serious. We want to encourage residents to keep washing hands, observe social distance and wear masks correctly,” he said.

The Chief Officer  was addressing the press at the governor’s office in Wote Town on Tuesday when the county emergency response committee received a donation of hand washing equipment from Rotary Club-Machakos branch.

On  Sunday, Makueni reported its first Covid-19 case after the 35-year-old man, an employee at the Konza Techno city tested positive for the virus.

By  Roselyne  Kavoo

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