Two hawkers quarantined after sneaking into hospital’s COVID-19 ward to sell bread, eggs to patients

By Patrick Mutisya in Machakos County

Machakos County Health officers have managed to trace and place under mandatory quarantine two hawkers, who last Monday, July 20 sneaked into the Kangundo Level 4 Hospital to sell bread and eggs to COVID-19 patients.

Machakos County CEC for Health Dr. Ancent Kituku told K24 Digital that the two were traced to
Kangundo Market, and ordered to self-isolate in their houses for a period of at
least 14 days, failure of which, they will face the law.

Dr. Kituku said the hawkers’ samples were taken to Machakos
Level 5 Hospital laboratory for COVID-19 testing. The two, however, had not exhibited
any symptoms of coronavirus disease, said the county Health minister.

Dr. Kituku further stated that though the two hawkers
managed to access the Kangundo Level 4 Hospital premises, they did not succeed
in selling their merchandise to isolated patients.

Kangundo Market chairperson, Chris Kyalo, told K24 Digital that it was unfortunate that
COVID-19 patients isolated at the Kangundo medical facility would sneak out of
the hospital to buy food from hawkers within the market.

“We are extremely concerned about our health. Kangundo Level
4 Hospital should improve its security,” said Kyalo.

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