Social media critics have angered Jeff Koinange and he is now calling out people who have a lot of negative opinions on COVID-19 patients.
The Citizen TV news anchor educated people by telling them that one does not have to be dying in a hospital bed for them to be sick. This was after he tested positive for the virus.
"A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE TWEETING TONIGHT SAYING IS THIS GUY SICK? HE DOESN’T LOOK SICK? AM I SUPPOSED TO BE ON AN IV DRIP IN AN ICU OR IN A MORGUE FOR PEOPLE TO REALIZE I HAVE COVID? WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE?,” POSED JEFF KOINANGE.”
He revealed his thoughts in an interview with Dr. Frank Njenga who empathized with Jeff’s predicament, explaining that some people wait until the calamity knocks at their doorstep before they acknowledge that it does exist.
“I THINK PEOPLE; JEFF PEOPLE ARE JUST PEOPLE UNTIL THEY SEE THEIR FRIEND OR NEIGHBOR … AND WE SAW THIS IN WHAT HAPPENED IN RELATION TO HIV/AIDS UNTIL YOUR COUSIN OR YOUR SISTER OR YOUR NEPHEW, WIFE OR EVEN HUSBAND GOT INFECTED OR DIAGNOSED IT TOOK YEARS AND YEARS FOR PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND THAT HIV WAS A REALITY IN OUR COMMUNITY…I THINK ITS PROBABLY TO MUCH TO EXPECT THAT EVERYBODY WILL BELIEVE EVERYTHING THEY ARE TOLD, AS TRUE AS THEY ARE."
Dr. Frank added that he had heard people say those suffering from COVID-19 had been paid
"I HAVE SEEN PEOPLE SAY, HAO WAMELIPWA PESA, IT CANNOT BE THE CASE, BUT WHAT THEY DON’T KNOW IS THAT MORE THAN 80% OF THE PEOPLE WHO GET INFECTED ARE COMPLETELY ASYMPTOMATIC LIKE YOU JEFF…THEY WILL SAY HOW CAN HE BE COVID POSITIVE AND STILL LOOKING STRONG…
I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS THAT GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO REPEATEDLY STATED TO THE PEOPLE IS THAT 80% OF THE PEOPLE ARE ASYMPTOMATIC."
Other than Jess Koinange, Robert Burale has also been trolled on social media, after he came out to announce he also tested positive.
The one thing other than sensitization the government and these celebrities are trying to do is to stop the stigma against coronavirus patients.