Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula (pictured) has urged the Government to reveal the identities of the patients confirmed to be having the coronavirus.
In his statement seen by Standard Digital, Senator Wetang’ula stated that revealing the names of COVID-19 patients will help the Ministry of Health to trace the contact persons for quarantine hence making it easier to contain the spread of the virus.
“I encourage the government not to conceal the identities of our compatriots who have been found to be Covid-19 positive,” he noted in a statement.
“Making the identities public will help those who have associated with them for the past one to two weeks to quickly take measures and go for diagnosis to find out whether they have also contracted the virus or not.”
Bungoma legislator appealed to the Government to borrow a leaf from other countries such as United Kingdom, Brazil and Iran which he said had not tried to conceal the identities of the persons who have tested positive for the virus.
“Several celebrity personalities including Arsenal manager and 2020 Japan Olympics Chairperson have also gone public after tests,” he stated.
According to him, the virus is not associated with any stigma, thus, people will willingly come forward with their status and help in curbing the transmission.
He did not only urge the Executive to avoid concealing the identity of the patients but also went ahead to challenge his colleagues in the Parliament and the Senate to come public should they test positive for COVID-19 at some point.
He said “…if I was to be diagnosed positive, I would not wish my identity to be concealed so that I can help those I associate with to come out and get diagnosed.”
“In the same manner I encourage my colleagues who might have been tested positive to agree and come out in the open as a way of eliminating infections.”
Wetang’ula’s plea comes after a number of famous people around the world took the COVID-19 tests with most of them making their results public.
On March 15, US President Donald Trump’s coronavirus test was made public after the White House announced that Mr Trump was symptom-free and had not contracted the coronavirus.
“Last night after an in-depth discussion with the President regarding COVID-19 testing, he elected to proceed…One week after having dinner with the Brazilian delegation in Mar-a-Lago, the President remains symptom-free,” read a statement from President Trump’s press secretary Stephanie Grisham
As reported by the standard.