Bishop says MoH COVID-19 daily updates causing anxiety

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ACK Bondo Diocese Bishop Prof David Kodia
ACK Bondo Diocese Bishop Prof David Kodia outside Bondo ACK church after attending the 8th Diocesan Synod meeting. He has called on the Ministry of Health to stop giving daily Covid-19 updates saying the announcements of new infections and deaths is causing unnecessary anxiety among Kenyans.
Bondo Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) Bishop Prof David Kodia has called for a cessation of daily COVID-19 updates by the Ministry of Health(MoH) saying the exercise is causing unnecessary anxiety among Kenyans.
Bishop Kodia said the COVID-19 daily updates have lost meaning since it has not helped in containing the spread of the virus in the country.
“It is now time that the Ministry of Health goes slow on the daily Covid-19 updates, the updates do not serve any purpose besides increasing anxiety among Kenyans.
Even with the daily updates, we continue to register a rise in cases,” Rev Kodia said.
Bishop Kodia who was speaking after chairing the 8th Diocesan Synod meeting at Bondo ACK church suggested that the health ministry should instead focus on giving periodic updates to Kenyans with detailed information on the disease.
“Kenyans already know about the disease and the measures on how to contain it. The Ministry of Health should stagger their announcements so that whatever they announce after a fortnight or a month is more informative to the public,” Kodia said.
He said the daily pronouncement by the ministry on new infections and deaths has caused psychological trauma among members of the public and contributed to stigmatization among patients suffering from Covid-19.
The prelate on the other hand called on members of the public not to relent in observing public health guidelines that will help contain the spread of the virus.
Kodia told the public to change the culture of eating in funerals to help keep the virus at bay.
“The virus is here with us and we are experiencing community transmission. If we continue to embrace the culture of eating at funerals and socializing normally we will lose the fight against the pandemic” Bishop Kodia warned.
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