Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has penned down an emotional message following the first death of Coronavirus victim in Kenya who died on Thursday 26 March, afternoon.
The 66-year-old male victim who is said to have been suffering from long-term diabetes had been admitted at the Agha-Khan’s Intensive Care Unit after jetting in from South Africa through Switzerland on March 13, 2020.
In his message to the public, the Health CS expressed his condolence stating that it was with a very heavy heart that he had learned about the loss of the patient. He went on to note that while it is given that death is part and parcel of the disease, it was painful since the news came in just after Kenyans had celebrated the recovery of the first patient in Kenya.
He went on to state that as Kenyans pray for those who have been infected with the disease and comforting their families and friends, they should also honor their passing by adhering to the rules the government and health ministry are putting in place to curb the disease. He stressed out that it was the only way Kenyans would be able to defeat the fast-spreading disease.
The death of the victim also came a few hours after the Health Ministry had announced that there were three more cases confirmed with the total shooting up to 31. To contain its spread, President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered a mandatory night curfew across the country that will start from Friday 27; starting from 7 pm to 5 am.
He has also urged senior government officials to take a pay cut in in the wake of the economic crisis caused by the Covid-19. He also directed the National Treasury to offer 100% tax relief for Kenyans earnings before Ksh. 24,000 as gross income.
He directed that the Pay As You Earn (PAYE) tax be reduced from 30% to 25% as well as Credit Reference Bureau (CRB) loans be lifted temporarily for people in micro, small or medium initiatives whose loan accounts were due or in arrears effective April 1.