By Patrick Mutisya,
A male passenger died aboard a bus that was travelling from Busia to Mombasa County on Thursday night.
The incident occurred at Mukaa near Malili town where the bus had parked for the night in compliance with the 10 pm curfew imposed by the government as part of effort to curb the spread of coronavirus disease.
Speaking to K24 Digital on Friday morning, Makueni County Commissioner Mohammed Maalim said that the passengers noted that one of them had died in his seat when they returned to the bus after refreshing and stretching outside.
The sister of the deceased, who was travelling with him, said that his brother had been feeling unwell for quite some time.
But the county commissioner said that the deceased’s body temperature when he left Busia was 36.2C, which is normal.
After he was informed of the passenger’s death, Maalim said that he informed public health officials and the Ministry of Health officer based at Mukaa.
“The health officers came in the morning and took the body to Machakos Level V Hospital mortuary,” said Maalim.
The administrator said that they have the details of all 31 other passengers, including the bus driver and conductor, just in case they have to conduct contact-tracing should the deceased be confirmed to have had Covid-19.
“This was sudden death…The bus has been fumigated by public health officials in line with Covid-19 protocols,” said Maalim.
He said the passengers were allowed to continue with their journey to Mombasa after they were counselled and bus fumigated.
The passengers were strictly instructed to minimise their physical interactions with the public and to self-isolate when they reach their destination.