As local health officials race against time in a bid to stop the ravaging COVID-19 infection on its tracks, a Kenyan doctor stands out abroad, as part of the wider global team engaged in similar efforts.
Based in the dreaded city of Wuhan in China, where the coronavirus scourge began, Nelson Odiwuor has been working at the Wuhan Institute of Virology alongside other scientists who have been trying to understand the pandemic and wipe it off the face of the earth.
In public recognition of Odiwuor’s selflessness, KTN journalist, Ali Manzu, took to Twitter to heap praises on the Kenyan, for making a heavy impact abroad, at a time when everyone else is in panic.
”Good morning Kenyans, there is a brother of ours, whom despite the tensions brought by #covid19 they are struggling towards combating the coronavirus in Wuhan Institute of virology. At the epicenter of the virus! Shout out to Mr.Nelson Odiwuor, thank you ndugu (brother), God protect us all,” he wrote.
On Thursday, China saw light at the end of its dark coronavirus tunnel, after authorities announced that no new domestic infections had been registered in the country, which has lost 3245 lives to the virus so far.
Italy is currently at the centre of the world’s focus, having surpassed China’s coronavirus deaths by 160 as of Thursday.
On Thursday, the government revealed that it had struck a deal with China, in which the latter would put up a 21 storey medical research institute in the country at the cost of Ksh.8.3 billion.
Dubbed the African Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (Africa CDC), the institute will position Kenya as a medical hub in the continent, with arising employment opportunities in technical and administrative fields expected to benefit the country, which is grappling with high levels of youth unemployment.