81 Kenyan health workers infected with Coronavirus

Written By: Irene Muchuma/ Margaret Kalekye

81 health workers have been infected with Covid-19 across the country.

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The Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) Secretary-General Dr Chibanzi Mwachonda says 60 per cent of the infections are workplace-related.

Majority of the health workers contracted coronavirus at quarantine centres and hospitals after coming into contact with infected patients.

Mombasa County has the highest number of infected health workers at 41 followed by Nairobi with 32 and Kiambu with four cases. Other counties are Kitui, Machakos, Laikipia and Kajiado each with one reported case.

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” KMPDU notes that infection of healthcare workers with Covid-19 is on the rise. 60 per cent of the infections are workplace-related. This highlights the need for continuous provision of adequate and quality PPEs” said Dr Mwachonda.

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He further petitioned the government to employ more health workers now that Covid-19 cases were on an upward trajectory within the communities.

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He revealed that there was a shortage of 636 doctors across all the three cadres,1000 nurses,360 clinical officers and 572 laboratory personnel.

“We thank the President for recognizing the healthcare professionals and acknowledging the role they play in supporting government efforts in fighting Covid-19. We appeal to the summit as it convenes to consider budgetary allocations to HRM for required personnel as outlined” he added.

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KMPDU further wants county governments to implement CBA article 6 on health insurance for public servants towards affordable and quality health insurance.

As of June 7th, Kenya Coronavirus cases had reached 2767 with 84 fatalities.

 

 

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