Healthcare workers can breathe a sigh of relief after the Cabinet approved a Comprehensive Insurance Cover for all those in the frontline against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The health professionals have always decried lack of protection in the wake of the pandemic. Doctors and nurses particularly those working for public hospitals have downed their tools severally to demand better pay and benefits amidst COVID-19.
Health practitioners are currently on strike in some counties, a situation that will negatively impact the gains made in the sustained fight against coronavirus.
For example, health services have been paralyzed at the Mt. Elgon COVID-19 isolation center in Trans Nzoia County after health workers downed their tools citing failure by the County Government to address their plight.
The medics are demanding the county government provides them with personal protective equipment, pay them their allowances and provide them with medical cover.
Kenya’s infections have been on a downward trend in the last three weeks even though the disease is still active.
More than 16 health workers have so far succumbed to the virus while another 800 have been infected in the line of duty.
The Cabinet that met Thursday lauded the workers for their commitment to duty during the pandemic.
Other frontline staff including National Security Officers were also recognized by Cabinet for their sterling role in leading the Nation’s response to COVID-19.
“As a measure of our Nation’s recognition of and pride in our frontline workers, Cabinet also approved the Comprehensive Insurance Cover for all frontline workers”, read the cabinet brief.
The Cabinet chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta also ratified a Memorandum of Understanding for the Provision of Health Personnel between the Republic of Seychelles and the Republic of Kenya.
“Under the Memorandum of Understanding, the Republic of Seychelles continues to facilitate the Kenyan Health Personnel serving there”
Kenyan Health Workers have joined various programmes to support other nations in their fight against various pandemics.
The government in May this year sent 50 health professionals attached to Kenyatta University hospital to Seychelles.
Another team of over 100 medical personnel is helping DRC in the fight against Ebola.