Healthcare practitioners are pushing for the release of results for COVID-19 tests undertaken on their colleagues in a bid to reduce anxiety among frontline workers.
The Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Union says the move is necessary given that a number of them are in a state of fear due to risk of exposure arising from inadequate personal protective equipment.
The union acting Secretary General Chibanzi Mwachoda said failure to have the results has left a number of key sector players nervous and unable to execute their mandate.
The union also wants provision of adequate protective gear for healthcare workers to alleviate risks of possible infections.
At the same time the union has called upon county governments not to intimidate health workers over protracted labour disputes as this is counterproductive in the war against Covid-19 disease.
They also want recruitment of extra healthcare workers hastened to boost the country’s efforts towards fighting Covid-19 that has seen 14 people lose their lives to the pandemic.
The government last week rolled out mass testing of medical practitioners and staff working in health facilities for the Covid-19 disease.
The exercise was launched at the Kenyatta National Hospital by Health PS Susan Mochache where at least 400 medical officers were screened.
The state also procured COBAS 6800 Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) machine, that can test approximately 3000 samples per day on a 24 hour basis and the results given within 3 to 6 hours.
Meanwhile, mass testing for the employees of Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) in Mombasa commenced Monday with acting Managing Director Eng. Rashid Salim and General Manager Operations and Harbor Master Captain William Ruto coordinating the exercise.
The two were among the first 50 KPA staff to undergo the COVID-19 test.
Officials from the Mombasa County Health Department said they are targeting at least 1000 tests at the Port in the first phase.
Results of those who were tested Monday will be released by Tuesday.
The Acting MD announced that prior to Sunday’s mass testing exercise 157 staff in the Medical Services Department had been tested.