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Wakenya wenzangu, like you, I am watching with grave concern as the coronavirus pandemic ravages the world. I am particularly worried that our people in Kenya do not recognize the gravity of this pandemic. As the government tries to implement travel restrictions and lockdowns, many Kenyans seem to take it as a joke. When ordered to wear face masks outside, many Kenyans walk around without masks and are doing business as usual. While there are many Kenyans who can’t afford lockdowns, most violators do not belong to these groups: living in informal settlements, internally displaced, casual workers, “biashara ndogo ndogo,” and more. Some of the people playing “hide and seek” with the police in the Panya roots, seems to be people with resources.
Who will sound the warning so that our people can take heed and save themselves? Police violence will not help the situation. With support for food, rent relief, water, and health services, our vulnerable communities will survive.
Please join me in urging local media to show the images of the devastation COVID-19 is unleashing around the world, especially in New York, the epicenter of the pandemic in the US. The trailer morgues and tent hospitals send a chill through my heart. People are dying without loved ones, and others are dying at home because 911 was not available to ferry them to the emergency rooms. Photos and cries of overworked and overwhelmed health workers should serve as a warning to our people. Once these pandemic starts spreading in the community, governments are incapable of stopping the infection and deaths on time. Having ventilators will save lives, but it doesn’t guarantee the survival of some.
We need to help spread the word that COVID-19 is a deadly disease that kills anyone in its path. Those who survive, the jury is still out about the long term damage on their lungs and hearts. You may think, well, people are surviving — you may be one of the lucky ones to survive. If you do, you may end up serving death to your family and friends because you may be asymptomatic. The infection may have long term effects on your life.
Kenyans, please stay at home to save your life and that of your loved one. The World Health Organization warns African countries to prepare for the worse. We should learn from what we see in New York, Italy, and Spain. We know it is coming, but we can stop it if we work together and do our part to save ourselves.
By Pauline Muchina - Co-founder, African Women and Youth Initiative
Great article is a disaster hapa naskia wa Kenya wanapima masks wakinunua kama nguo hehehe until you find the perfect fit..who bewitched us wajameni 🤣🤣🤣🤦♀️🤦♀️🤦♀️
Sad to read what's happening in New York if that was to happen in Kenya I can't even imagine how disastrous and horrific it would be. May God help us to take things SERIOUSLY!
Asante sana Daktari Pauline.
That is very well said. Thank you for what you do. You are such a blessing to many.
Thank you Pauline, we are facing a very tough battle that requires decisiveness and personal initiative to win.
Kenyans, let us follow the directives issued. We shall be inconvenienced for a few days but manage this in the shortest time.
Else, we shall watch our children, family and friends suffer around a collapsed health care system and we shall not be able to do anything at that time.
One does not want to even imagine what would happen to us if the virus hit us good. Being a cohesive unit now and save us is the only way out. We can do this!!
Thank you for the needed noise Dr.
Thank you all for your comments. Please spread the word and call on the media to do the necessary. We can do this together. No one is safe until we are all safe. Since I wrote this blog, they started showing mass graves in NY. We don't want to see this in Kenya, or anywhere else. May God have mercy and may our people wake up and take the necessary precautions. For those who celebrate the Holy Week, may good Friday reminds us of our finite lives, and may Easter bring hope. I am reminded of the words of a certain leader of Kenyan descent. Yes, we can. Imagine how different things would be if he was still in the WH.
It's time Kenyans took Covid-19 seriously. Pauline you have a point. Kenyans need to stop playing Russian roulette with the virus.
Thanks a lot Dr.Pauline for reminding us what we are facing, it's not a joke. let us take all the necessary precautions and pray to God that this pandemic ends.
we join hands with the president and the government of Kenya in the fight against Covid-19
Thank you Pauline for the emphasis and ariculating the issue very clearly. Its a grave matter that requires a careful balancing act.
Above all let us call on God to protect our nation and to grant us wisdom on how to deal with the pandemic.
When I wrote this blog, Kenya's COVID-19 was below a hundred, and only seven people had died. The rising numbers of COVID-19 in Kenya are worrisome. It seems like Kenyans did not heed the warning. The government has let us down. If they had provided food and support for rent and health services to the poor, many Kenyans could still be observing space distancing. They are reopening the country while the cases are going up! Look at Florida, Texas, and Arizona in the US. Their refusal to implement strict measures and not requiring masks has led to high daily infections of COVID-19 that have begun to overwhelm their health systems. What else should the government of Kenya do to reduce and halt the rising numbers of COVID-19 infections and deaths?
It's high time we take the covid 19 epidermic seriously. Let us adhere to the measures put in place by the government.
Thank you Doc. Pauline Muchina