Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has said coronavirus travel restrictions should spur Kenyan leaders to improve the local healthcare system.

Mutua slammed local leaders who have a tendency to seek treatment abroad while making no effort to improve the broken healthcare system.


” We need to fix our healthcre facilities so that cancer and other conditions can be treated in the country to help both the rich and the poor,” said Mutua.

The governor said the current situation where countries in Europe have locked out visitors in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19 was a time of reckoning for leaders to come up with solutions for the rundown healthcare system.

Mutua further satirised the Kenyan leaders’ way of solving problems, saying it was responsible for the current glaring inequality in accessing important services.

” Instead of fixing a road, they buy big vehicles. Instead of fixing healthcare, they seek treatment abroad.”

Mutua remarks come as confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country rose to 4. Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said Tuesday, March 17 the patient travelled from London and arrived in Nairobi on March 9.

So far, Kenya has imposed a ban on travel from any country that is known to have COVID-19.

By the same token, any Kenyan or foreigner residing in Kenya would have to go into quarantine if they arrive from an affected country.


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