This morning, Kenya’s first coronavirus patient, Ivy Cherotich Brenda, spoke about her experience for the first time since she recovered.
In a video conference call with President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi, an elated Brenda, and Brian (another recovered patient) told of the 23-day quarantine period at Mbagathi Hospital and how they managed to pull through.
Retracing her journey, Brenda said she first arrived in Texas, USA on December 19, 2019, then proceeded to Cleveland, Ohio, finally making a stop in London, United Kingdom.
“I suspect I may have contracted Coronavirus in London after coughing for three days. I decided to give myself one day to see how my body would respond.”
However, as things were not improving, Ivy a former beauty queen who competed under Miss Tourism, did the rightful thing and presented herself at Mbagathi hospital in Nairobi.
“I had seen from the news while in the US that there was an isolation ward at Mbagathi so I took myself there.”
Hours after Brenda personally delivered the news that warmed the hearts of millions of Kenyans, never-seen-before photos of the reigning Miss Tourism Kenya Hospitality have emerged online.
Today Brenda was praised by Uhuru for being brave in coming out and taking herself to the hospital once she became aware of the symptoms.
He said the two (Brenda and Brian) showed that Kenyans can not only contain this disease but can also treat the virus and get out of it.
“You are special because upon your arrival and you feeling that you were not well… without being pushed, you took it upon yourself realizing that you had the risk to harm others and take yourself to Kenyatta National Hospital. This is a moment of pride… we are proud of you Brenda… you were able to inform us all the people you were in contact with. We are celebrating your bravery..you were able to limit your contacts and identify them and trace them…and there is no single death..you are a very wonderful and brave girl..” said the President.
In his Wednesday afternoon briefing, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe brought back a somber mood after he announced that Kenya’s Coronavirus cases had increased by 22 and totaled to 81.
The patients include 18 Kenyans, two Pakistani and two Cameroonian citizens, CS Kagwe said Wednesday afternoon during the daily coronavirus briefing.
Kagwe further said that 21 of the new cases were in quarantine.