Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga has opened up on his battle with Covid-19 which saw him locked up at his official residence for 18 days.

According to Governor Kahiga, his illness started off as a normal cold only for it to escalate over time.

He noted that during the early stages, he dismissed the cold and sought normal flu medications which appeared to have stabilized the flu.

He later travelled to Mombasa for a government function only for the cold to escalate forcing him to seek medical attention.

“I started feeling uncomfortable with flu-like symptoms that I treated with some Flugone, but the symptoms persisted though mildly… I was fatigued and just wanted to sleep. I was rushed to Aga Khan Hospital in Mombasa where I was found to be dehydrated and, after some chest x-rays, they saw signs of pneumonia and blockage,” he said.


The governor urged residents to stay alert and visit a medical facility in case they notice any symptoms.

“We did not handle this in the right manner because we assumed it was a normal cold. We should take common cold seriously and, every time you have signs, you should get tested… Let us not dilly-dally like I did and always go to the hospital for medical attention. We can recover, it is not a death sentence.

“Covid-19 is not a respecter of personality; let us all endeavour to stay negative by observing Ministry of Health protocols,” he said as quoted by Nation.