After a teleconference with Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, the two were introduced by Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe as the nation’s first patients to conquer the dreaded illness that has claimed hundreds of lives abroad.
A news article by a local daily has, however, discredited these claims; adding that the country’s real first Coronavirus survivor was, in fact, a different lady only identified as Lydia – and that the duo that made their first public appearance on Wednesday (Brenda and Brian) were the second and the third persons to beat the virus.
Unlike Brenda and Brian, Lydia – A Kenyan and British citizenship holder who has kept a low profile since her discharge – did not receive much attention from the public since the government did not publicize her triumph over the illness.
This, publisher claims, was due to her uncooperative behavior since she landed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on the same plane from London as Brenda Cherotich on March 5.
She is reported to have initially attempted to evade the Ministry of Health officials after she was identified as a close contact of Brenda and gave them an extremely hard time before she finally took her tests; often hiding her location and sometimes completely ignoring phone calls.
“She arrived in the country on the same flight from London as the first patient and gave the ministry a tough time when they called her to come for testing. She lied about her location and refused to answer calls.”, an unnamed source is quoted by Nation.
It took the intervention of sleuths sent from the National Intelligence Service (NIS) who led police to a hotel in Nairobi where she was finally picked up and taken to the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) Infectious Diseases Unit (IDU) where she was tested and came out positive.
After noting down the identities of the over 5o people she was in contact with, health officials at the facility later released her from the isolation ward.
Since then, Lydia has gone incognito and efforts by both the media and other interested parties to reach out to her have been completely futile.
It remains unclear whether Lydia traveled back to London before Kenya suspended all international flights.