3rd May 2020

Family of 17 rescued from quarantine in Mombasa with bills exceeding Sh470,000

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The national government has been put on the spot, after quarantining a family of 17, over suspected Covid-19, even after they completed their mandatory quarantine set period.

The 17 members included a 48-year-old woman and a child of 8 months. They had been quarantined at the Kenya Medical Training Centre (KMTC), Port Reitz in Changamwe, Mombasa even after completing their 14 days required period.

The revelations follows complaints received by Mombasa-based human rights group Haki Africa.

Led by Executive Director Hussein Khalid, the organization visited the facility, where it was revealed that quarantine bills for the family had soared to a total of Ksh474,000.

The family was not in a position to pay the bill, forcing the rights group to intervene and coordinated with Mombasa County Government’s Health Department and the office of Mvita MP Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir until all the family members were released without paying a cent.

“Besides the family, there were also two other persons who had completed their quarantine but were not in a position to pay and leave,” disclosed the rights group, Saturday, May 2.

After a coordinated effort with the authorities, the two were also released without paying a cent.

“The County Government of Mombasa made an undertaking to cater for the bills of the family and the two. As HAKI Africa, we will continue to push for the right to health care for all persons irrespective of their financial status,” noted the Khalid-led Organization which has been on the frontline in fighting for justice for the less privileged across the coastal region.

Photos courtesy of Haki Africa//

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