Devolve coronavirus testing, Wangamati urges state

As a country, we need to align ourselves with the guidelines of the Ministry of Health.

In Summary

• The national government needs to decentralize this issue of testing so that every region has a lab that is able to test and tell us as counties if it's positive or negative

Bungoma Governor Wyclife Wangamati at a past press briefing.
Bungoma Governor Wyclife Wangamati at a past press briefing.
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Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati has urged the national government to decentralise testing for the coronavirus.

Speaking during a governors' press briefing on Wednesday, Wangamati said the country will not be able to manage the pandemic if many people are not tested.

"One of the biggest problems we've seen across the world is that unless we are able to test as many people as we can, we will not manage this virus.

"The national government needs to decentralise this issue of testing so that every region has a lab that is able to test and tell us as counties if it's positive or negative, " Wangamati said.

He said Kenya needs to align itself with the guidelines of the Ministry of Health.

"We are at a very critical stage as a country and it's important that we see what happens going forward and must align ourselves with the guidelines of the Ministry of Health.

Coronavirus in Africa
Coronavirus in Africa
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Kenya has confirmed three more COVID-19 cases, raising the number affected to seven

"All these cases are imported," Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said.

Speaking to the media on Wednesday, Kagwe said the first two cases related to these three are a couple that travelled from Spain on March 4 through Dubai, arriving in Kenya on March 5. 

The third case is a Burundian national who had travelled from Dubai arriving on March 17.