COVID-19 patient to sue Isiolo County for exposing him

Written By: Kamuche Menza

A 62-year-old man in Isiolo County who recovered from COVID-19 is seeking justice after health workers at Garbatula Hospital allegedly shared his photos and biodata on social media platforms.

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Osman Shariff who is a trader in the area is now decrying of immense stigma and massive losses in his businesses following the alleged move by the health workers at the hospital where he had been placed under isolation.

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The businessman is seeking to sue the County Government even after Isiolo Governor Mohamed Kuti pleaded with him to put the matter to rest.

After recovering from COVID-19, Osman Shariff has now resolved to seek legal redress, to compel the county government to compensate him from what he terms as malicious damage to his business.

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The 62-year-old trader says he is undergoing immense psychological torture after his photos and biodata went viral on social media, the details he says were shared by health workers at Garbatula Hospital.

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The stigma he says has been extended to his family posing an unfriendly environment as the trauma takes a toll on them.

His quest to seek justice coming days after Isiolo Governor Mohamed Kuti acknowledged the incident and further pleaded with the victim to put the matter to rest.

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Individuals who recover from the dreaded coronavirus have continuously faced stigmatization from the community.

Some even from close relatives, this notwithstanding the Ministry of Health’s plea to the public not to discriminate any individual on such grounds.


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