Opposition leader Raila Odinga tests positive for Covid-19

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga has tested positive for Covid-19.

This was confirmed by his doctor, David Oluoch Olunya, on Thursday, March 11, 2021. 

In his statement, the Opposition leader’s doctor stated that Raila has tested positive for corona virus but he is responding well to his treatment at the hospital.

“We have confirmed that Raila Odinga has SARS-2 COVID19. He is responding well to the treatment at the Nairobi Hospital and remains upbeat. We are continuing to monitor his progress,” Dr. Oluoch said.

Dr. Oluoch also said that the Former Prime Minister will continue with his treatment as they monitor his progress.

This is after the Opposition chief was admitted to the Nairobi Hospital on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 after he had complained of body ache and fatigue. 

Raila had also issued a statement thanking his team of doctors for their good work. he added that he is in good shape and will undertake mandatory quarantine. 

“I take this opportunity to thank the medical personnel for days of very meticulous work they have done to arrive at the diagnosis. 

“I received a briefing from my doctors who have conducted numerous and complicated tests on me for the last two days to arrive at an accurate diagnosis of my health,” the former Prime Minister said.

He urged Kenyans to adhere to the set protocols and guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health in the fight against Covid-19.

On Wednesday, March 10, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe warned that Kenya is officially in its third wave of the Covid-19 outbreak and that the new numbers are alarming.

“The sheer number itself tells you the whole story. The positivity rate that we are announcing at around 14 percent is also the highest since the last phase in November 2020,” Kagwe said.  

Kagwe, on Thursday 11, also received 100,000 more doses of AstraZeneca vaccines donated by the government of India.

So far, frontline workers, police, doctors and teachers have been given priority, with politicians still coy on taking the vaccine. Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana became the first politician and governor in Kenya to take the Covid-19 vaccine.

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    Written by Kennedy Omondi




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