A woman who entered the country from Sweden last Wednesday has been forcefully quarantined after she failed to isolate herself as earlier ordered at the airport.
The Narok County Commissioner (CC), Samuel Kimiti said the woman who is a pastor at a local church jetted into the country Wednesday and was given a self-quarantine order at the airport as per the norms in a bid to control Covid-19.
“The woman declined the order as earlier requested. When she arrived at her house in Lenana estate- Narok County, a group of churchwomen was waiting for her and had organized a big party in her favour where she mingled with them. Later she attended a packed Sunday service,” said Kimiti.
The CC said the woman was seized by the police officers on Monday and is currently quarantined at the Narok County Referral hospital, where she will remain for 14 days before she is given a clean bill of health.
He said the woman will be charged in court after the 14 day quarantine as she declined the self-isolation orders.
Kimiti spoke after holding a meeting with the County Emergency Response team on Coronavirus that was held at the county commissioner’s boardroom Monday.
The CC sounded a warning to Narok residents asking them to be vigilant and take the information given by the government seriously as prevention is better than cure.
“Basics like washing hands and keeping a distance from one another are common things that we should all do to prevent the disease. No one should go out of his home unless when it is very necessary,” he said.
Kimiti also refuted propaganda that there are local herbs that can easily heal the disease, saying there is no evidence of authentic research to justify the claims.
“I hear that some locals were spreading rumours that there is no need to worry as there are common herbs to heal Coronavirus. Kindly don’t believe this lie,” he said.
However, there was no confirmed case of Covid -19 in the county as per the current reports.
At the same time, the County Executive for Health, Morgan Siloma said health officers have been placed at all gates entering the Maasai Mara to screen all the visitors entering the facility.
By Ann Salaton