Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria has lashed out at Kiambu county health officials for refusing to collect the body of a man suspected to have succumbed to COVID-19. Kuria said the victim from Nembu sub-location within his constituency died at 2pm on Thursday, July 24 but the body had not been collected eight hours later.
According to the lawmaker, the county officials declined to collect the body claiming they did not have Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to shield them from contracting the virus during evacuation of the remains.
He alleged efforts to reach to Governor James Nyoro on phone proved futile as the county boss did not pick calls. The legislator expressed fear many people could have already been infected by the body.
Kenyans have been recording a surge in the number of COVID-19 infections and deaths ever since the first case was reported in March 2020. Kiambu is among the counties that have been registering a spike in infections for the past few weeks.
According to an update by the Ministry of Health on Thursday, July 23, the country recorded 796 new cases of corona-virus with Nairobi county registering the highest number (539) followed by Kiambu (63).