Isiolo County Health Chief Officer Ibrahim Alio narrated the painful death of a 68-year-old man who complained of chest pains before he collapsed and died. His body was tested and he was found to have died of COVID-19.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Isiolo continues to climb after three more residents tested positive of the global pandemic. This brings the total number of cases to 16.
One of the patients is a 33-year-old male police officer from Archer’s Post, Samburu East, but was tested in Isiolo.
Isiolo Health Chief Officer Ibrahim Alio told County Review that the officer from Samburu was handed over to the surveillance team from Samburu.
The second one is a 30-year-old male health worker while the third is a deceased 68-year-old man who was tested after he collapsed and died at Kinna, Isiolo South, a few days after arriving from Nairobi, the Capital City of Kenya.
“The elderly man died after he complained of chest problems and that is when our officers took samples for testing and turned positive”, Alio confirmed.
Isiolo County Commissioner Harman Shambi has asked area residents to allow their relatives who die mysteriously to be tested for COVID-19 “because it will save those who are alive”.
“No postmortem will be done now because of COVID-19, but at least let people from all faiths allow the testing process to take place”, said the County Commissioner.
Mr. Shambi said there was some resistance in the County when officials from the Ministry of Health sought to perform tests on the dead.
Shambi has confirmed that already 10 people have fully recovered from the disease and were discharged while the rest are asymptomatic.
He has called upon the residents to take the health protocols seriously as the disease is spreading at a very high rate.