Murang’a: Outrage as body of a Covid-19 victim is buried at night

Saturday, May 30th, 2020 08:16 | By
Body of a man who died of Covid-19 in Murang'a buried at night. PHOTO/COURTESY

The burial of a Covid-19 victim in Kangema, Murang'a County on Saturday has sparked outrage after it emerged that County health officials delayed close to midnight.

The body arrived from Thika Level 5 hospital in Kiambu County, and was scheduled to be buried by 3 pm.

After waiting in vain for over seven hours for the County Health officials to arrive, the family members took the body of the deceased to a police station prompting an outcry on social media.

A few minutes past 10pm, Murang'a county health officials arrived with protective equipment and laid the body to rest.

Murang'a Health CEC Joseph Mbai blamed Thika Hospital for not notifying the County that the deceased had died of Covid-19.

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The body being lowered into the grave PHOTO/COURTESY

Critics blamed health and County officials for discrimination in handling Covid-19 cases. They said only the rich families are accorded dignity.

John Pianist wrote; "your people are buried like dogs especially those from poor backgrounds"

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