Burundi’s First Lady, Denise Bucumi Nkurunzinza, the wife to Pierre Nkurunziza is admitted in Nairobi’s Agha Khan Hospital where she was airlifted to after she tested positive for COVID-19.
The news of Burundi’s First Lady having been airlifted to Nairobi for treatment was published in Burundi’s local dailies while a Rwandan paper detailed that she was admitted at the Agha Khan hospital in Nairobi.
The Burundi’s First Lady is believed to have been airlifted yesterday morning, 28th May 2020, by an AMREF plane.
The AMREF plane that carried Burundi’s First Lady to Kenya for treatment after she contracted COVID-19 left Bujumbura Airport on Wednesday night, a few minutes to midnight.
“The light plane took off from Bujumbura Airport at 11: 25 pm. The lights at the airport were turned off. Airport workers and police were asked to clear just before her arrival,” a source said adding that Mrs. Bucumi was accompanied by three aides.
The three aides who accompanied Burundi’s First Lady to Kenya for treatment are also positive for COVID-19 and are all believed to be receiving treatment at the Agha Khan hospital.
The arrival of Burundi’s First Lady Denise Bucumi and her three aides leaves questions unanswered as borders were ordered shut down by President Uhuru to curb spread of COVID-19 yet the four whose status are known to be positive were allowed in.
Burundi is one of the countries in Africa that has largely been criticized for not taking keen measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus with locals standing exposed yet the country has a poor healthcare system.
Burundi has been reported to defy measures by the World Health Organization and at one time sent away WHO officials accusing them of interfering with how the country wished to manage the viral spread of COVID-19.
The Ministry of Health is yet to release an official statement concerning the presence of Denise Bucumi, the Burundi First Lady in Kenya and her three aides, all known to be positive for COVID-19.