KMPDU Secretary-general, Dr Chibanzi Mwachonda, has tested positive for COVID-19.
In a statement to the public, the doctor confirmed that he contracted the virus while he was on duty.
“On behalf of the National Executive Council, I would like to inform all the KMPDU members and the general public that I have tested positive for COVID-19,” Mwachonda wrote in the press release.
“The infection occurred while dispensing official duties. I am currently in a stable condition and under self-isolation. My family is safe, contact tracing and testing of all close contact are ongoing.” He stated.
Destigmatization of COVID-19
Mwachonda called on Kenyans to acknowledge the widespread nature of the illness, while also calling for people not to stigmatise those sick of the virus.
Furthermore, he stated there was hope of beating the COVID due to high recoveries.
“Indeed the high number of recoveries gives us hope that we shall, as a nation, win this war against the invisible enemy upon us,” Dr Mwachonda said in his message of hope.
He urged all Kenyans to adhere to the MoH guidelines to bring down the numbers of infections, popular as ‘flattening the curve.’
He also sent out a word of encouragement to his colleagues, of whom, more than five hundred have already contacted the virus. Close to ten have already died as a result.
“To my colleagues in the frontline, we soldier on in the service to humanity cognizant of the great risk of infection to all of us.”
Call to MoH
He also reminded the MoH to provide PPEs and comprehensive treatment for all frontline workers.
Dr Mwachonda has been very vocal about the Ministry of Health protecting the frontline workers. In a recent TV interview, the doctor called on the government to hire doctors as it had promised. Dr Mwachonda was critical of the hiring of the Cuban doctors.
He stated that the process would slow down the fight against the virus. He noted that the doctors needed to first learn of our country’s health sector landscape before working. That would eat up valuable time.