Health CS Mutahi Kagwe has responded to reports that Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula’s brother, Tony Waswa, may have died of Covid-19.
Waswa, was laid to rest on Wednesday, May 20, at his Kabuchai family homestead in Bungoma County.
Bungoma County health workers who attended the burial, wore hazmat suits and backpack sprayers, which they used to sanitise the casket of the departed, raising questions on whether he succumbed to Coronavirus.
Another Covid-19 burial procedure that was adhered to was wrapping the coffin in a sheet of translucent polythene.
While addressing journalists outside Afya House on Wednesday, May 20, Kagwe was asked whether the Senator may have been exposed and whether he would put his colleagues at risk in case his brother died of Covid-19.
Kagwe, however, deviated from the question but disclosed that health officials would investigate the issue.
“The standard procedure in contact tracing is that it is assumed that if you have been in contact with a person who tested positive or died of Covid-19, then you are a contact and you could be exposed to the virus.
“In terms of our containment particularly if exposed, you must be tested and also quarantined. We cannot respond to that question until we certify that what you are saying is true that he could have died of Covid-19,” Kagwe disclosed.
Waswa, according to a statement on Friday, May 15, succumbed after a long illness at the Aga Khan Hospital, Nairobi.
He was an aide to Wetangula’s younger brother Timothy Wanyonyi, the Westlands MP and an Orange Democratic Movement Party member.