Jun 13, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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‘I only wear masks because of police’: Why Covid-19 denialism is still a problem in Kenya

His words come 15 months after Kenya confirmed its first Covid-19 case and after more than 3,000 deaths from the viral disease. In addition, data from the Ministry of Health shows that 172,639 cases have been confirmed so far, yet there are people who do not believe that Covid-19 really exists.

The reasons for their disbelief vary. Some cite the ruthless political rallies held by leaders last year through early this year. If Covid-19 were real, no politician would have mingled with the masses, they say.

In addition, many see the high loans granted to loans in the context of the great corruption and the recent Covid millionaire scandal Land to fight the disease as an excuse for some to “eat” and has raised even more doubts.

A good number of Covid deniers also say they haven’t had any since the pandemic started infected person.

Many people interviewed by Nation.Africa also cited the fact that schools have reopened despite insufficient resources to enable social distancing, saying the government does not have face masks and Disinfectants distributed to casual workers who walked the streets under the Kazi. clean The Mtaani initiative started offering jobs to young people after the pandemic.

Kazi Mtaani, a Swahili expression that loosely translates as “jobs in the neighborhood”, was a government project that was launched shortly after the Pandemic started arrived in Kenya where unemployed youth were being recruited for the communities. They did minor chores like clearing trenches and collecting rubbish and were paid weekly. After a few months of the project, payments were stopped. The aid distributed by NGOs in the slums and the government’s weekly payment of Sh1,000 have also been stopped.

If the pandemic is real, Omondi believes the disbursement of the funds would not have stopped.

Misinformation

Although the government has carried out countless campaigns to educate the masses about the dangers of Covid-19, the message seems to have not yet reached a number of Kenyans.

“I never wear my mask, I only do that when I see the police because they are going to extort money from me. I’ve never seen anyone infected with the virus, “said Kennedy Angutha, an elder in the Sisal A area of ​​Lunga Lunga, Nairobi.

Misinformation regarding the pandemic has turned out to be a headache. Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, speaking on the 26th.

“Lies and half-truths have created a sense of fear in the public about going to hospitals and this poses a challenge in monitoring and treating Covid- 19 and other non-communicable diseases, “he noted.

One of the most recent examples of misinformation was an article published by lifesitenews.com, a Canadian anti-abortion and news publication. A story titled – Nobel Prize Winner: Mass Covid Inoculation of “Unacceptable Error” on May 19, 2021, written by Celeste McGovern. It choked words allegedly uttered by the famous virologist, Nobel laureate in physiology or medicine Luc Montagnier, who said mass vaccination against the coronavirus during the pandemic was “unthinkable and a historical mistake that creates the variants and causes deaths from the disease leads”. .

While the news site has defended itself by merely reporting what the virologist said, the damage has already been done. This misleading story was published barely two weeks after the news page was removed from Facebook for releasing misleading Covid-19 information.

Several Kenyans accessed the story via WhatsApp and used Montagnier’s words to raise doubts to voice the ongoing vaccination process.

“If this serious scientist can say the vaccine is bad and is only a creation to cause death, you are sure there is nothing like Covid,” said Mr. Angutha.

A study by the World Health Organization, Unicef ​​and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies conducted last year to test the suspicion and general disbelief of Africans, including Kenyans, about Covid -19 Understand (IFRC) stated that people will disregard health measures and thwart the fight against Covid-19 if misinformation is not ht be treated.