Bt DHO Tests Kenyan Family for COVID-19
The Blantyre District Health Office is testing samples of a driver, two sons and a man whose wife was tested COVID-19 positive in Kenya over the weekend.
Deputy Director of Preventive Health Service in the ministry of health, Dr. Mathews Kagoli, says the lady, who is Kenyan, traveled to Malawi to visit her husband who is also Kenyan but works in Blantyre.
Since there were no flights to Nairobi from Blantyre, Dr. Kagoli says the lady was driven to Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe together with his Kenyan husband and the two kids on her way back to Kenya on March 25.
“Upon arrival in Kenya, Kenyan government quarantined her together with other from Pakistan and Europe where the virus is also transmitting. There is also a risk in itself but any way; she was quarantined at least for ten days.
“When she got tested after that period, she was found positive. We called the husband and the driver not to mix with other people and we have collected samples including the kids so that we know if they are positive or not,” he said.
According to Dr. Kagoli, the test results will determine where the lady contracted the virus; either in Malawi or Kenya.
The ministry of health acted on the lady following a clip circulating on social media where a Kenyan minister told media in Kenya that one of four infected people traveled from Malawi.
As of Tuesday, April 7, 2020, Malawi has recorded eight confirmed COVID-19 cases and one death.