Covid-19 was the nightmare word early this year. Anyone who spoke about it did so in hushed terms. The flu has caused hitherto unknown of damage to the world with many people and businesses dying.
But it seems that Kenyans have become indifferent to the disease as their jaded and cynical state shows. Jeff Koinange is one of the celebs who announced a few weeks ago that he had been diagnosed with the disease.
The Citizen TV host spoke about the disappointment he felt after discovering that some Kenyans were doubtful about his Covid-19 revelation.
He did so while speaking to renowned consultant psychiatrist Dr. Frank Njenga who posed a rhetorical question at Kenyans who are still in doubt of the novel coronavirus situation in Kenya.
“Welcome back to JKL, the home edition, working from home after testing positive for coronavirus about nine days ago.
By the way Daktari, a lot of people are tweeting tonight saying is this Guy Sick? He doesn’t look Sick? Am I supposed to be on an IV drip in an ICU or in a morgue for people to realize I have COVID? What is wrong with people?,” posed Jeff Koinange.”
Dr. Njenga empathised with Jeff’s predicament explaining that some people wait until the calamity knocks at their doorstep before they acknowledge that it does exist.
“I think people; Jeff people are just people until they see their friend or neighbour … and we saw this in what happened in relation to HIV/AIDS, until your cousin or your sister or your nephew, Wife or even Husband got infected or diagnosed it took years and years for people to understand that HIV was a reality in our community…I think its probably to much to expect that everybody will believe everything they are told, as true as they are. I have seen people say, Hao wamelipwa pesa, it cannot be the case, but what they don’t know is that more trhan 80% of the people who get infected are completely asymptomatic like you Jeff…they will say how can he be Covid positive and still looking strong… I think one of the things that government needs to repeatedly stated to the people is that 80% of the people are asymptomatic,” said