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Panic at a Mombasa mall after a medic goes shopping in full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)gear

A medic caused panic Monday July 13 evening at a shopping mall in Mombasa, after walking in donning full Personal Protective Equipment PPEs gear.

The doctor attached to the Coast General Hospital is alleged to have arrived in a tuktuk donning the PPEs causing panic among shoppers, with majority abandoning their shopping and taking to their heels.

Some suspected he was a Covid-19 patient who had gotten away. Others however, confronted him and handed him over to the authorities.

Confirming the incident, Mombasa County Commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo warned health workers against misusing protective gear and asked them to don them in the right places.

“Observe the set guidelines in using PPEs. The personal gears should be used in areas it ought to be used to avoid risking lives of those whom you are in contact with,” Kitiyo stated.

On his part, the doctor stated that he was in a rush to buy a birthday cake for his wife and in turn forgot to remove the gear.

The county commissioner also warned residents who were ignorant about the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

“Ask fellow residents if they are following set government guidelines in order to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Also, stop spreading propaganda that there is no coronavirus in the country,” he warned.