Desperate times call for desperate measures and the current war against COVID-19 has resulted in desperate tactics if only to contain the virus and save lives, well the Ministry of Health is working round the clock to outdo rogue Kenyans with the latest being the publishing of photos of anyone that dares escape from a quarantine center.
While addressing members of the fourth estate Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has said that the government could begin publicizing identities of persons, including photos, who escape from quarantine facilities so as to alert members of the public on the risk they are exposed to by such individuals.
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe who went further to term those escaping from quarantine centres as ‘a danger to society’ argued that the government was concerned that persons in quarantine and those isolated after testing positive for COVID-19 were running away from the facilities despite knowing they were a risk to all they came into contact with.
The Health CS said that nothing was stopping the Ministry of Health from publishing photos of those that were escaping if only to create awareness among members of the public to help in identifying them and ensuring they are alerted.
“When we get to a point where we know some people are running away there is nothing to stop the Ministry of Health from publishing photos in the newspapers and saying that these people have run away from a quarantine facility and if you see them call the police or us because they are a danger to society,” Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said.
Kenyans have created a habit of escaping from quarantine centers with an estimated 50 Kenyans being among the first to have escaped from a quarantine center at the KMTC isolation center.
The most recent case of escapees from a quarantine center is six people in Turkana county with Health CS Mutahi Kagwe saying the government had managed to track down all of them and that even the Kenyans who had given wrong contacts after appearing for mass testing and turning positive for COVID-19 would all be traced.
“There is nothing like missing contacts, they are missing persons because we have proven over and over again we can and we do track people down. But the question is why are you waiting for us to track you down,” posed the Health CS.
For all the Kenyans who have escaped from a quarantine or isolation center in Kenya, be sure to present yourself to Mbagathi or Kenyatta Hospital or whichever hospital that is near you before you find your photos on local dailies as a public threat.