‘Bed bugs, dirty toilets’: Inside KMTC’s quarantine facilities


Mercy said that the facility at KMTC was not so bad.

“The ladies side was not as bad as where men were sleeping. I hear the men did not have water and that their rooms were not as clean,” she said.

She noted that in the women’s section, the washrooms were clean and there was sufficient water.

“The only problem was that some mattresses had bed bugs, making it difficult for some people to sleep peacefully,” she said.

Mercy who arrived from South Sudan noted that the government should try and separate people from low risk countries and people from high risk ones.

“If they take us away from the airport and later put us together in an NYS bus and into a quarantined facility without screening, don’t you think that we will contract this disease?” she posed.

Even though the government gave them slippers and towels on Wednesday morning, Mercy said the youngsters who are at KMTC risk contracting the virus.

“Controlling the public is not easy. Here at KIMTC there are some youngsters who get drunk and still use the stairs and rub shoulders with some of us who are quarantined. They do not take this thing seriously,” she added.

Mercy noted that day one at the facility was a day not to be forgotten but added that the government came through on the second day when they were given toiletries.

Head of communications at KMTC Marcellah Onsomu said they are not allowed to give any updates on the quarantine services.

“The matter of selecting the centers is a decision made by the government and it is being handled by a multi-sectoral team led by CS (Mutahi) Kagwe. He will update the media on the same,” she told the Star.

On Tuesday, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe apologised to passengers who were left stranded at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

Kagwe said the situation was occasioned by the huge numbers of passengers streaming in.

“Please bear with us for the inconveniences caused. It is only that we need to do this as we are not leaving anything to chance,” Kagwe said.

The CS is expected to give his daily brief on the coronavirus.



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