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Kilifi Deputy Governor Gideon Saburi recovers from coronavirus

NAIROBI, Kenya Apr 2 – The Deputy governor of Kilifi Gideon Saburi has recovered fully from coronavirus, a day after two other patients were discharged.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said Saburi has been given a clean bill of health.

“I am also pleased to announce to you that the Deputy Governor of Kilifi County has fully recovered,” Kagwe said during a daily media briefing from the Ministry of Health where he announced the death of two more people, and 29 new infections, raising the total number of positive cases to 110 in the country.

 “The issue of the law will now follow up with him,” Kagwe said of the Deputy Governor who was accused of roaming around on arrival in the country, breaching the mandatory 14 days quarantine.

Saburi’s recovery brings to a total of 3 patients recovering from the novel virus in Kenya.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said Saburi has been given a clean bill of health after undergoing three tests which all came out negative.

The DG was urged to self-Isolate but defied the directive, forcing authorities to impose a mandatory isolation at his own cost.

The Ministry of Health has challenged recovered coronavirus patients to be ambassadors of hope to Kenyans amid the soaring cases of infections in the country.

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And in order to improve efficiency in hospitals handling coronavirus patients, the Government has instructed the hiring of 5000 skilled health workers, an exercise that would be finalized within seven days.

“We have advertised these jobs and we urge applicants to complete the process by Wednesday next week,” he said.

Kenya is already implementing a dusk to dawn curfew to help prevent the spread of the virus, with a possibility of tougher measures in days to come.

“It is getting worse,” Kagwe said, and urged citizens to avoid unnecessary travels or movements from place to another.

He said that an additional 6000 health workers will be in place to fight coronavirus pandemic which has killed more than 44,000 and infected close to a million people globally.


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