Kakamega County Chief of staff succumbs to Covid-19

Kakamega County chief of staff Robert Sumbi [Photo: Kahawatungu]

Oct, 29th 2020 – Kakamega County chief of staff Robert Sumbi has succumbed to the Covid-19. Sumbi passed away today morning at the Lifecare Hospital in Bungoma where he had been transferred by the Kakamega County General Hospital after his condition deteriorated on Wednesday evening.

He was to undergo dialysis since he suffered kidney failure and could not be attended to at the general hospital as he was Covid-19 positive.

Speaking to The Star, a doctor at the General hospital said, “We had to move him to Bungoma where they would do both ICU and dialysis because our ICU here has other patients and moving him there could endanger patients with other ailments. His condition deteriorated while in Bungoma and he passed on at dawn.”

He served between 2013 and 2017 as the County executive for environment and water. He is among the senior county executive and assembly staffers who contracted the virus few days ago.

By Wednesday, Kakamega County had recorded 316 Covid-19 cases out of which 57 were heath workers. This is the highest number of Covid-19 cases since the first case was reported in Kenya in March.

Following his death, Political rallies and church services that lead to political rallies have also been banned. The Assembly has asked the general hospital to carry out mass testing for MCAs and staff.

Oparanya has suggested home based care for patients to decongest the health facilities that have been stretched.

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