Nakuru County Speaker Joel Kairu has narrated how Covid-19 struck his family and consequently changed his perspective about life.
Kairu says he and his wife contracted the virus in mid-March. They believe they got it from their daughter who had closed school for the Easter holiday.
Usually cagey about his family matters, Kairu used the groundbreaking ceremony of the KSh650 million upgrade of Afraha Stadium in Nakuru Town East sub-County to narrate his ordeal.
First, it was the news that they had not anticipated that shocked him most- that their daughter had tested positive for coronavirus.
“Being told that our teenage daughter had contracted the deadly virus broke my heart. The pandemic had hit too close to me. My wife and I had extensively interacted with her and had to take the tests too,” said the Speaker.
Kairu and his wife were confirmed to have contracted the virus too four days after their daughter’s return. This meant that his whole family was placed under isolation.
Seeing his family isolated while battling with the virus made Kairu shed tears. Luckily, they were diagnosed early enough and began treatment early enough.
“For a man, there is nothing as bad as seeing your children sick, their mother sick and you can’t help much since you are alsoy sick.”
Lost two MCAs to COVID
The Nakuru County Assembly lost two elected MCAs in 2020, while a member lost a spouse to the disease early this year. Several members among them, Majority Leader Moses Ndung’u contracted the disease but successfully recovered.
Having seen the anguish the virus had subjected the House to, the county speaker feared for the worst when his family was battling the disease.
“I started reflecting about my life. I was very worried about my family’s future. My family was all I had around me and the Bible became my frequent companion,” said Speaker Kairu.
The speaker said that recovering from the virus brought positive change to him and a new perspective about life and his relationship with God.
“I soul searched myself and from the book of Ecclesiastes, I learnt that all is vanity. Covid-19 has changed my life, my way of thinking. I have become a better person. I have put my relationship with God in the proper context. I ask others to think critically about their relationship with their creator for you don’t know the time and even the method of leaving this life.”
Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui said learners in boarding schools should undergo testing during their stay at school and before leaving for home.
The governor noted that 63,000 Nakuru residents had received the first jab of AstraZeneca vaccine, describing the uptake as encouraging.