(Senator Moses Masika Wetang’ula)
Bungoma Senator Moses Masika Wetang’ula has asked the Government of Kenya to reveal the identities of coronavirus (Covid-19) patients as this would make containing the virus even more easier as it will help the Ministry of health in tracing the contact persons for quarantine.
“I encourage the government not to conceal the identities of our compatriots who have been found to be Covid-19 positive,” he said
Arguing that “Making the identities public will help those who have associated with them for the past one to two weeks to quickly take measures and go for diagnosis to find out whether they have also contracted the virus or not.”
He went on to say, “Several celebrity personalities including Arsenal manager and 2020 Japan Olympics Chairperson have also gone public after tests,” he stated.
In his views, the virus is not associated with any stigma, thus, people will willingly come forward with their status and help in curbing the transmission.
He defended his argument saying, if he tested positive, he would go public. “…if I was to be diagnosed positive, I would not wish my identity to be concealed so that I can help those I associate with to come out and get diagnosed…in the same manner I encourage my colleagues who might have been tested positive to agree and come out in the open as a way of eliminating infections.” he said
On Wednesday March 18, 2020, the ministry of health confirmed 3 new cases of coronavirus, totalling to 7 cases in Kenya.