OSMAN SHARIFF. 62-year-old has complained of stigma and massive business losses after health workers posted pictures of him on social media.He confesses of having psychological torture after exposure of his personal life to the public and that members of public are avoiding him and his businesses have now grounded to a halt.
He says,medics at the Garbatula Hospital where he in isolation took photos of him and shared his biodata on social media platforms.
He is seeking compensation from the County Government who are the employers of the said health workers.
Speaking to journalists in Isiolo town, Shariff said he has fully recovered from COVID-19 and had two subsequent negative tests.
Shariff operates a wholesale shop in Garbatula Town and also owns a number of buses that ply the Garbatula-Maua route.
He lamented that passengers have shunned his vehicles during market days while shop owners who buy goods from his wholesale shop are also stigmatized for conducting business with him.
He further intimated that at one time he travelled to Isiolo town and when he sought to book a room at a lodging, he was told that the rooms were fully booked.
His family members have not been spared as well: his daughter was apparently almost beaten to death in Maua town after she was accused of belonging to a ‘sick family that had coronavirus’.
She was reportedly rescued from the mob by a friend who took her back to Isiolo.