The 129 Kenyan students who were stranded in Sudan for almost three months due to the Covid-19 pandemic were this evening evacuated and taken to quarantine at the Kenya School of Government in Mombasa.
The students including two children are awaiting Covid-19 test.
"As the county government, we have been coordinating with the Ministry of Health, the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Council to ensure they are all quarantined. Our team is ready to conduct the Covid-19 test at the quarantine facility on Sunday morning,” said Mombasa County chief health officer, Dr Khadija Shikely.
Dr Shikely said 80 students are from Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi, Lamu and Mombasa counties while the rest (40) are from Nairobi.
"We are coordinating with Kwale, Kilifi and Lamu county governments. If we get confirmation letters from the three devolved units indicating they will take the students from Mombasa we shall release them. But at the moment they will stay with us, we want to ensure they are tested for the virus,” added, Dr Shikely.
Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho, Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir, philanthropist Suleiman Shahbal, and Muslims for Human Rights Group (MUHURI) helped in the evacuation of the stranded Kenyans after they pleaded with Kenyan authorities to rescue them from the foreign land.
"I want to thank everyone who was able to assist to ensure our children come back safe. It is not easy to live in a foreign land during this pandemic period. We are glad Kenya Airways flew them to Mombasa since 83 students are from this city it would have been difficult for them to be quarantined in another place outside their home town,” he Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir said.
The county secretary Denis Lewa said the devolved unit will follow the Ministry of Health guidelines by ensuring all the students undergo mandatory quarantine and testing for the virus.
"God has ensured our students who were studying in different universities in Sudan are brought home safely. It has been very difficult for them. Governor Joho chipped in by sponsoring air tickets for 98 students, a seven year old child and an eight months old baby,” Mr Lewa said.
On his part, MUHURI executive director Khelef Khalifa lauded the politicians for evacuating the stranded students.