ODM leader Raila Odinga tests positive for COVID-19

ODM leader Raila Odinga has tested positive for COVID-19, a statement from his doctor revealed on Thursday night.

Consultant neurosurgeon David Oluoch-Olunya said he is responding well to treatment at the Nairobi Hospital.

“Following my letter of the 10th of March 2021 we have confirmed that Rt. Hon. Odinga has SARS-2 COVID 19. We are continuing to monitor his progress,” the statement reads.

The ODM leader was admitted to hospital on March 9 after he complained of general fatigue and body aches.

On Thursday, Mr. Odinga said in a statement that he received a briefing from doctors who had conducted numerous tests on him for the last two days to arrive at an accurate diagnosis.

“While the tests were several, one important result, which I have authorized the doctors to make public is that I have been found to have been exposed to Covid-19.

“Despite the fact that I feel strong and in good shape after a few days in hospital, I have agreed with my doctors to undertake the mandatory quarantine,” he said.

He thanked the medical personnel for their service and emphasized that Kenyans should acknowledge that COVID-19 is real.

“It is in our midst and we need to observe all the measures being put out by the government, scientists and health personnel,” he added.

Studies have found that the most prevalent symptoms of COVID-19 include chest pain, shortness of breath, anxiety, abdominal pain, cough, low back pain and fatigue, CNN reports.

On Thursday, the Health Ministry reported that 829 more people had tested positive for coronavirus out of a sample size of 6,239 tested in the last 24 hours.

The country’s caseload now stands at 111,185.

One patient succumbed to the disease pushing our cumulative fatalities to 1,899.

The CS said a total of 566 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 1,694 patients are on Home Based Isolation and Care.

91 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 22 of whom are on ventilatory support and 60 on supplemental oxygen. 9 patients are on observation.

Another 28 patients are separately on supplementary oxygen with 26 of them in the general wards and 2 in the High Dependency Unit (HDU).


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