Nov, 27th 2020 – Deputy funeral superintendent of the City mortuary, Patrick Mbugua has clarified that the man who died in a matatu along Mombasa road, was not a victim of Covid-19.
Results from samples taken from him upon arrival at the mortuary, confirmed he tested negative for coronavirus.
The deceased, Leonard Odhiambo, is thought to have succumbed to blood pressure issues. His kins are currently awaiting postmortem results.
Speaking to the Nation, Mbugua said, “It was not Covid-19. We suspect he died of blood pressure issues owing to the sudden manner of his death.”
Odhiambo is said to have boarded the vehicle at the South B bus stop at around 7:30 am and was headed to Embakasi. The Covid-19 regulations were being adhered to as no one sat between him and the other commuter.
The conductor is said to have touched him to signal him to pave way for the other commuter to alight but the man let out a groan, coughed and slouched on his seat. It was at this point the passengers suspected he might have passed on. The incident took place just a day after a man collapsed and died outside a mortuary in Thika, Kiambu county.
Last month, Researchers at the University of Michigan said that critically ill persons or those with underlying conditions are likely to get cardiac arrest if they contract the virus.
Meanwhile, authorities in Nyeri County say that they are alarmed by the sharp rise in infections. They have put measures in place to stop the spread of the virus, especially at Nyeri Water and Sanitation Company(Nyewasco), which have been labeled as hotspots.
Nyewasco acting MD Peter Kahuthu said that the company has come up with measures to fight the pandemic not excluding sensitizing of employees to observe the Ministry of Health protocols.
He said, “We have suspended meter reading for a month to reduce interactions between our workers and clients.“