Human rights defenders inspecting the health status in Lamu County want the Lamu county government to come out clear on the suspected Coronavirus related death in the county.
The rights defenders led by Haki Africa Deputy Executive Director Salma Hemed said the reports have caused fear among locals some already distancing themselves from seeking health services at the largest county health facility King Fahad hospital.
Ms Hemed said despite all the fears and the suspected death of a female patient, the county government and especially the Lamu health department has remained mum over the matter.
Ms Hemed said their fact finding mission in Lamu was triggered by series of complaints from residents that the county government was not prepared in containing the Covid- 19 disease in case it strikes.
“We want Lamu Governor Fahim Twaha and the County Health Executive member Dr. Anne Gathoni to come out clear on county government preparedness in taming Covid-19,” said the Coast based child and gender rights activist.
No isolation centre
She said there is no isolation centre or a single bed at King Fahad hospital as claimed earlier by Lamu county government.
“We physically went to the public health facility to inspect the health status, to our surprise we did not find any isolation centre neither did we see a single bend set aside for urgent services to people who contract the disease,” she revealed.
The activists among them Haki Africa Lamu County Coordinator Yunus Isaack Ahmed, Lamu gender and women rights activist Zenab Ahmed among others said they are planning a meeting with the governor and all Lamu county top health officials to get an explanation over such ‘ill health status’ of the county.
Recently, Lamu County registered two Covid-19 positive cases a situation that has since sent locals into fear and panic.
Lamu county government has been on the receiving end for not depicting any efforts in protecting locals from the disease.
Locals have been urging the county government to provide them with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE’s) unsuccessfully.
Despite the county government setting aside up to 157 million to fight the pandemic, nothing has trickled down to protect locals from the disease.