IN ISOLATION

43 inmates at Bungoma prison test positive for Covid-19

Health executive Antony Walela says tests were done after an 85-year-old inmate tested positive.

In Summary

• The 43 were among 270 inmates who live in the same building within the correctional facility.

• County public health officer Moses Wambasi said the inmates are responding well to treatment.

The Bungoma GK prisons
The Bungoma GK prisons
Image: JOHN NALIANYA

Forty-three inmates at the Bungoma prisons have contracted Covid-19 and isolated to stop the spread of the virus.

The 43 were among 270 inmates who live in the same building within the correctional facility.

Health executive Antony Walela said tests were done after an 85-year-old inmate tested positive.

"The 85-year-old inmate showed all the signs of Covid-19 and when doctors took his blood samples, they found that he had contracted the virus. Medics and prison warders decided to test other inmates," he said.

"Out of the 270 inmates, 43 tested positive for the virus and were isolated to stop the spread of the virus."

County public health officer Moses Wambasi said the inmates are responding well to treatment.

"Forty-three inmates and 13 residents tested positive for the virus this week. Our officers are monitoring their progress because we have a health facility inside the prison," he said.

On vaccination, Walela said most residents are trooping into health facilities to receive the jab.

"Our facilities have been overwhelmed with people seeking the vaccine. Our medics are working hard to ensure they receive it," he said.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said all Kenyans who will not be vaccinated by December 21 will be denied services in public facilities.

Edited by A.N