Although global scientific data shows that COVID-19 is a new type of deadly virus that killed nearly 600,000 people. If you openly declare in Kenya that you have a virus, you risk being labeled as a liar who really needs attention or somebody used by the government to deceive them for their parochial interest.
It began with Ivy Brenda Rotich, the first COVID-19 patient to leave the hospital in April after treatment. Ms. Rotic has been targeted at social media as someone suspected of being sent to the media by the government to convince Kenya that Covid-19 is real and to probably attract funding to stem the virus.
At the time when Covid-19 was still considered a foreign disease, Africans believed that some of them were wrong about it.
There are more than 11,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 200 death in Kenya, there are still those who still claim that the virus does not exist.
In fact, motivational speaker and pastor Robert Burale was recently accused of faking his positive status of Covid-19, even though pictures show that he was in a hospital in Nairobi.
And Benson Musungu, director of youth affairs for former Prime Minister Raila Odinga in the Orange Democratic Movement, was falsely accused of receiving financial benefit from the government for openly saying that he was in the intensive care unit of the city hospital for 15 days. had been. Unfortunately, such reactions quietly embarrass many Covid-19 survivors.