Kenyan medical workers have continued to call on the government to protect them as two more nurses died from COVID-19.
In a statement following the death of Dr Doreen Lugaliki, The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Unions (KMPDU) and other health workers unions, said Dr Lugaliki’s death brought to the fore the issue of welfare for all health workers.
In the joint statement, health and medical workers unions appealed for the implementation of the directive of comprehensive insurance and compensation package the president promised three months ago.
“We welcomed the directive of our President HE Uhuru Kenyatta issued three months ago on a comprehensive insurance and compensation package for all health care workers. We appeal that this directive be implemented to allay the anxiety and fear that has now gripped health workers.” The statement said.
The compensation, the Kenya Union of Clinical Officials said, would help the medic’s family if the medic died in the line of duty. Risk allowance would also motivate the health workers and show them appreciation.
Three health workers dead
The two nurses who died from COVID-19 are Layford Mburia and Moses Gitonga Ringera. Layford was a nurse anaesthetic at Kitengela Medical Hospital, Kitengela, while Moses was a nurse in the UON Health Centre.
Their death came hot on the heels of Dr Lugaliki, the first health worker to die from the virus.
For a few weeks, the health workers have been lamenting of lack of PPEs and of poor quality ones when they get them.
Rising infections among health providers
So far, 292 medical workers have contracted COVID-19 across the country. This figure will definitely rise, which could strain an already thin medical workers population.
With COVID-19 cases shooting up fast in Kenya, the health system is already showing signs of strain. Thus, losing health workers, then, further complicates an already dire situation.