Concern over the number of health workers succumbing to Covid-19 in the country remains rife even as Kenya intensifies her efforts to contain the spread of the contagion.
According to data released by the ministry of health, two of the three fatalities recorded on Wednesday were health workers.
In his daily Covid-19 update, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe expressed concern over the increasing numbers even as he reiterated the government’s commitment to support the group that has been on the front line in the battle against the pandemic. “As you all know; we have lost two healthcare workers to covid-19. This is like losing a soldier in the middle of a battle. Therefore, we need to keep our medical personnel as safe as possible. Besides providing them with protective gear, we have also continually addressed their welfare needs,” Kagwe observed.
The two deaths brought to ten the number of health workers who have succumbed to the virus out of the723 who have tested positive for the disease since it was first reported in the country in March.
The number of infected health workers represent three percent of the total case load that stands at 23,873 after a further 671 persons tested positive for the virus over the last 24 hours.
The rising numbers of infections among health workers has seen unions intensify calls for more support for those in the front line in the wake of increased threat of exposure as the disease fast spreads across the country.
The healthcare professionals are demanding among others; enough personal protective equipment, employment of more health workers, adequate psychological support, timely payment of allowances as well as training on management of Covid-19.