All Parliament employees have been directed to undergo mandatory Covid-19 testing, a day after six MPs reportedly tested positive for the deadly respiratory disease.
In a message, the National Assembly asked th staff were asked to go for screening as the week-long campaign began yesterday, 30th June.
“Covid-19 testing will be conducted by the Ministry of Health from Monday, 29th June, to Friday, 3rd June, at main Parliament Building from 8am to 4pm daily. You are encouraged to undertake the test,” the message read.
Speaking to KTN, Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) Secretary Jeremiah Nyegenye said this had nothing to do with the reports about MPs being diagnosed with Covid-19.
The official said this had been planned before the said MPs took the tests, which produced positive results.
Covid-19 Scare in Parliament
Litkenya.com on Monday, 29th June, reported that at least six lawmakers had tested positive for the dreaded coronavirus disease.
One of the MPs is said to be in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), while the other five are isolated in different city hospitals.
National Assembly Clerk Michael Sialai said he was not aware of the reported infections, adding that health is a private issue unless one is within Parliament Buildings.
However, Public Health Director Francis Kuria said that some MPs could be Covid-19-positive, but their details should not concerns the public.
Lawmakers, who came to contact with their sick colleagues, took coronavirus tests and some have already received their results.
Some sessions of Parliament were suspended in April after Rabai MP William Kamoti contracted the illness.