Mr Sumbi, who was also a kidney patient, died at Lifecare Hospital, Bungoma. Upon his passing, county governor Wycliffe Oparanya ordered all staff members of the county to go for tests. Subsequently, operations at the county headquarters have been temporarily suspended.
A Governor’s Grief
“We have lost a focused staffer whose contribution to the county will be missed. I have lost a close friend and ally whose advise and support has helped me in making key decisions,” said Kakamega County governor Wycliffe Oparanya. “Sumbi was a dedicated, hardworking, diligent, honest, humble down to earth and a valuable officer.”
During Mr Oparanya’s first term as governor (2013-2017), Mr Sumbi was the county executive for environment and water. He was appointed chief of staff after Mr Oparanya’s reelection in 2017.
The late Sumbi was reportedly receiving his dialysis for kidney ailment at Kakamega County General Hospital. He was transferred to Lifecare Hospital after testing positive for Covid-19.
“His condition deteriorated while in Bungoma and he passed on at dawn,” one of the doctors who attended to him was quoted as saying.
According to Dr Collins Matemba, Kakamega County Health CEC, the government plans to dedicate Likuyani Subcounty Hospital to treating Covid-19 patients.
Spike in Cases
As at Wednesday this week, Kakamega had 316 Covid cases. In a bid to stem this spike in cases, the county government has banned political gatherings and large-numbered church services.
“I want to challenge all CECs to ensure the health facilities at the county are top of the range,” said Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe during the daily Covid-19 briefs.