BBC Africa journalist Ian Wafula announced that he had tested positive to the dreaded Covid-19.
The journalist noted the irony of contracting the virus after months of covering and creating awareness of the pandemic.
According to the former KTN and K24 TV presenter, he had been primarily asymptomatic, where he has been experiencing mild headaches, an itchy throat, and loss of sense of taste in the past one week.
The award-winning journalist indicated that he had been in self-isolation at home, where he is recovering after receiving his results through e-mail.
Wafula’s sister, who also tested positive to the virus, entered isolation alongside her brother at their home, and according to the journalists, she is also asymptomatic.
The 28-year old media personality noted that he decided to make his status known publicly in a bid to break down the stigma associated with coronavirus and also make people understand that the disease is real.
However, Wafula is not the first media personality to come out publicly on his status, several Kenyan journalists have made their results public after testing positive to the virus including Citizen TV’s Jeff Koinange, Miss Katiwa of HomeBoyz Radio, Bonnie Musambi of KBC Radio Taifa and Jerotich Seii, an analyst on KTN.
Just like Wafula, many celebrities have cited de-stigmatization as the key reason for choosing to share their results with the world.
Also, the Ministry of Health has cited stigmatization as a major obstacle in the fight against the novel coronavirus.
A study conducted by TIFA, which was released on Wednesday, July 1, 23 percent of Kenyans are not willing and can’t visit people who have recovered from the virus.
The survey indicated that 41 percent of Kenyan parents said they could not allow their children to interact with children whose relatives had recovered from the contagious disease.
The data was drawn from a sample size of 843 people interviewed between June 2 and 15 of 2020.