Six legislators have been admitted to different hospitals after testing positive for Corona virus.
Accordin’g to sources ,one of the Legislators was admitted to intensive care Unit (ICU)
Their counterparts who had come into contact with them rushed to get tested over the weekend .
It is feared that the positive cases could rise after the pendin’g results are released.
Amon’g the hospitalised members is a high rankin’g Legislator who ,by virtue of his office might have exposed himself immenslely to other colleagues.
According to The standard ,upon realising the fact that he had been admitted, about 20 Mp’s went for a test.
One of the Members from Western is said to have contracted the virus after comin’g into contact with the one in ICU.
The other hails from the coastal regions.
“There is a major scare. Many of those who interacted with him have had to go for tests, and this figure might even be high by Monday (today) when the results of the majority who voluntarily did the tests are released.
“I know at least six MPs have so far turned positive and are in hospitals, one is in ICU,” an Mp who sought anonymity told said.
According to the national assembly clerck Michael Sialai, administration of the parliament was not aware of any covid 19 cases amon’g its members.
He added that even if there were, it would be difficult to know unless the victims makes it public, owin’g to the fact that health matters are private.
He further said that there was possibility of members goin’g for private tests and not divulgin’g it completely. If that is the case, the parliament administration wouldn’t know.
Mr. Sialai also said that there had strictly adhered to covid-19 regulations includin’g regular disinfection of Chambers , committee rooms as well as offices.
“We understand the great risk we are in, given that MPs travel widely and that is why, as a routine, we ensure that there is thorough disinfection, including spraying those areas frequently visited.
“We did it even on Friday; sanitising all critical areas, including the mosque and worship rooms,” the clerk said.
Mp’s on many occasions travel from Nairobi to their constituents ,something that is said could really slow down attempts to contain the virus in the counties.
After the first covid -19 case was reported in Kenya,in April, the speaker of the National assembly Justin Muturi was forced to adjourn the parliamentary sitting’s untill proper preventive measures were put in place.
The clerck said the measures are still there.Spaces have been created outside the Chambers with a view to accommodating those mp’s who might not find space inside ,as they maintain social distancin’g.
In April still,having interacted with Rabai MP Kamoti Mwamkale who had tested positive for covid-19,several members went to a self quarantine.