The Kenya Editors Guild together with the Kenya Medical Association and National Nurses Association of Kenya have initiated a campaign dubbed ‘#SAA6’ to appreciate healthcare workers.
In this campaign, at midday every Wednesday, all Kenyans will stop, clap or honk their car horns for the healthcare workers in appreciation for the work they are doing during this time of Covid-19.
After participating, people are being encouraged to take a photo or video of themselves and forward it to their favourite healthcare worker or frontline personnel working to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
While launching the campaign, Churchill Otieno, President of Kenya Editors’ Guild said: “Finding credible information and delivering it to Kenyans is every journalist’s duty. That duty puts many journalists at risk, but it also helps many avoid burdening our health workers and hospitals with sickness. We celebrate professionals who selflessly continue to serve on the frontline, and ask the public to make their work easier by staying at home.”
The President of the National Nurses Association of Kenya Alfred Obengo on his part said that the campaign will impact the lives of health care workers by giving them morale and support which is crucial in dealing with the pandemic.
“Sometimes, just to hear someone tell you that you are doing a good job is all it takes. We depend on their conviction, no matter the circumstances, to treat us every day with their clinical excellence but also to deliver that care with compassion,” he added.
Dr Jackie Kitulu, President of the Kenya Medical Association, as one of the frontline workers being appreciated commended the media fraternity for thinking about health care workers during this critical period.
The launch of this campaign comes as Safaricom through its foundation in support of healthcare workers has also contributed thermal cameras worth Ksh 10 million.
The cameras according to the Ministry of Health have helped increase their screening capability.
Additionally, Safaricom is considering supporting them with a free communication package that will include 3 months’ internet bundles and airtime.
How to get involved in #SAA6: Every Wednesday at 12 noon sharp, wherever you are, pause what you are doing and for a minute, clap or honk your horn. All are encouraged to use this to signal their support and encouragement to frontline workers in the fight against Covid- 19. Take a video or photo and send it to your favourite medic, media worker, police officer or other frontline workers.