Kenyans can be cruel and have even been ranked as second-worst when it comes to bullying which could probably be a reflection of their depressed nature.
Well, the consequences of that depression in Kenyans are being felt in the manner those recovering from COVID-19 are coldly treated once they are discharged and return to their families.
Kenyans are not scared of catching COVID-19, they are mostly scared of the cost that will be involved in getting a cure with facilities such as Nairobi hospital already charging 10,000 shillings to just test for the virus.
It is in the fear of affording decent COVID-19 treatment that is scaring Kenyans to the point of imagining that those cured still pose a danger to them.
“Since our first COVID-19 case, we have recorded many recoveries of our people who have successfully been treated of the disease, and have been let to go home,” Health CAS Mercy Mwangangi said while adding though the recoveries are celebrated, the recovered patients are facing stigmatization.
“While we celebrate these recoveries, we are disturbed that re-integration has not been easy for others because of being stigmatized,” the Health CAS said adding that it was quite unfortunate.
“Considering our constant appeal and massive education, across many platforms, that COVID-19 is a disease like any other,” the Health CAS said urging Kenyans to embrace those that recover back into the communities.
“I continue to appeal to our brothers and sisters to be considerate, warmly welcome and embrace our people when discharged from hospital,” CAS Mwangangi said.
“To this end, we are taking additional and deliberate steps to partner with patients who have recovered to spread this awareness. We are glad that the number of recoveries keeps rising day by day,” the CAS said adding that the total number of COVID-19 discharged patients in Kenya had risen to 129.