Kenya has lost 16 healthcare workers to COVID-19, the Ministry of Health has revealed.
In the presser today, Health CAS, Dr Mercy Mwangangi, revealed that the number of those infected, meanwhile, had risen to 945.
Fatalities among healthcare workers
That represents a Case Fatality Rate of 1.65 per cent, which is slightly lower than the national average of 1.7 per cent.
Dr Doreen Lugaliki was the first healthcare worker to succumb to COVID in Kenya. She died on July 9th.
The news follow weeks of unrest among Kenyan health workers, as they called for the government to respond to their plight.
Kenya healthcare workers have been repeatedly calling for better PPEs, proper compensation and comprehensive medical cover.
Strikes and go-slows
Doctors across the country, from Kisumu, to Nyamira, to Nairobi, have all downed their tools at one point or another. Each of the strikes brought attention to similar calls for protection as COVID spreads in the population.
Furthermore, WHO African Region, put Kenya as among the African countries with the highest infection among healthcare workers
Dr Mwangangi acknowledged this, saying that it was critical to attend to the needs of healthcare workers.
“During the COVID-19 response that continues to be an issue, healthcare workers have faced several challenges specific to the pandemic.
“Some of these challenges include risk of infection, violence, incidences of stigma, instances of psychological and emotional disturbances, other illnesses and even death.” Dr Mwangangi said.
As expected, the Ministry promised to continued to support them through training and providing psychosocial support for their mental health.
COVID cases in Kenya
Dr Mwangangi also confirmed that there were 183 new COVID-19 cases. The new cases came from 4,1888 samples tested.
That puts the prevalence rate today at 4.37 per cent.
Kenya now has 36,579 confirmed COVID cases.
There were five more fatalities, deaths now sitting at 642.
However, there were 82 more recoveries, which raised Kenya’s recovery figures to 23,611. That represents a recovery rate of 64.55 per cent.