Over 50 Nairobi MCAs are battling COVID-19, tells Majority leader Guyo


Health committee chairman Peter Warutere photo
Health committee chairman Peter Warutere. FILE

Nairobi County Assembly Majority leader Abdi Guyo explains how he contracted COVID-19 and infected almost all members of his family.

He was infected and in three weeks, they were all isolated at home after testing positive on March 19.

The Majority leader on Tuesday moved a motion of adjournment, saying the house was considerably swayed by the pandemic.

He said about 50 MCAs engaged COVID-19, with at least 35 having recovered. However, four are hospitalised (two on oxygen support), while the rest are under home-based care.

“One of my close colleagues told me he had caught the virus, so that is how I ended up going for a test. I contracted the virus about three weeks ago and, unfortunately, some of my family members, including my wife, were infected. However, we were all asymptomatic,” Guyo narrated.

He said that while in isolation, he did not use any medication but focused on a healthy diet, regular exercise and reading the Quran.

"I also took the time to rest because as the Majority leader you rarely rest as your attention is always needed in many assembly businesses, not forgetting that MCAs who expect you to be at their service from time to time,” he said.

“I don’t see why people shy away from revealing their status. If you care about your loved ones and colleagues tell them if you have contracted Covid. That way they can take the necessary measures to deal with it,” he said.

"I’m lucky enough to have a good friend who revealed to me his status and I acted immediately. That is why I'm now talking about it after being declared Covid-19 free on Saturday," he said.

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