“Profiling of COVID-19 Patients should cease” Says Kagwe

Stigmatization should stop. Photo Courtesy

Stigmatization On The Rise

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has noted with a lot of concern the profiling of Coronavirus patients by Kenyans and condemned the act saying it has led to the stigmatization of the people and families of those who have contracted the virus.

Kagwe notes that even as we ramp up all the measures to combat the virus, profiling does not add any value to you, the society neither does it cure the disease.

Some Kenyans have also resulted in stigmatizing those suspected and even those who happen to have contracted COVID-19. The behavior by some people taking pictures and recording ambulances and vehicles ferrying patients is uncalled for.

Stigmatization should stop. Photo Courtesy

In addition, the CS noted that “worse still, the same people are going ahead to share the pictures and videos of COVID-19 patients in social media, ending up profiling those infected as if it is a movie. This is unacceptable”

This comes even as 497 people test positive in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of caseloads in the country to 10,791. Nairobi leads with 292, Kiambu 62, Kajiado 51, Machakos 40, Mombasa 28, Busia 10, Uasin Gishu 8, Nakuru 5, Makueni 3, Narok 2, Nyeri 2, Meru 2 while Kakamega, Kericho, Kilfi, Laikipia, and Nandi have one case each.

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