PANDEMIC SURGES

Kilifi leaders alarmed by rising Covid deaths and cases

On July 16, Kilifi county led nationwide with 222 positive cases while in June Malindi alone recorded 39 deaths.

In Summary
  • Devolution CAS Gideon Mung'aro and Kilifi Deputy Governor Gideon Saburi said the situation in the county is not pleasant.
  • Mung’aro said his hometown Gede in Kilifi North constituency had recorded many deaths related to Covid-19.
Devolution CAS Gideon Mung'aro has a word with Kilifi Deputy Governor Gideon Saburi and Woman Rep Getrude Mbeyu during the burial of two children of Rev Tom Dawa in Malindi
Devolution CAS Gideon Mung'aro has a word with Kilifi Deputy Governor Gideon Saburi and Woman Rep Getrude Mbeyu during the burial of two children of Rev Tom Dawa in Malindi
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Kilifi leaders have expressed concern over increasing Covid cases and deaths and want residents to observe the Ministry of Health guidelines.

Devolution CAS Gideon Mung'aro and Kilifi Deputy Governor Gideon Saburi said the situation in the county is not pleasant and people must be cautious to prevent the spread of the disease.

On July 16, Kilifi county led nationwide with 222 positive cases while in June Malindi alone recorded 39 deaths related to Covid-19.

Speaking during the burial of two children of Rev Tom Dawa of the Anglican Church at Thalathamel in Malindi, Mung’aro said his hometown Gede in Kilifi North constituency had recorded many deaths related to Covid-19.

He lost his uncle, retired chief inspector Japhet Mung’aro, and two neighbours. Even though his uncle did not die of Covid-19, the number of cases was high, he said. 

“We led the whole country with 222 cases and I don’t want to be proud of it but the area leading with Covid-19 cases right now is our home Gede,” he said.

The CAS said he was not denying anyone a chance to visit his home for burial but appealed to them to be careful.

He said there are other cases of MCAs from Kilifi who were transferred to Mombasa for further treatment, which clearly showed a need to tighten the measures more.

“Let’s be cautious because Covid-19 is still here with us and it's dangerous. Those who have heard about the vaccines in Kilifi should make sure they are vaccinated so as to reduce the spread,” he said.

Deputy Governor Saburi said people should understand that the Covid-19 pandemic is real.

“Right now, the Covid-19 pandemic is at its worst stage. Contacting the virus now causes panic because it takes a very short time to end a life,” he said.

Edited by Henry Makori