Kenya medics disappointed with fight against Covid-19

Kenya health workers are unhappy with government efforts in the fight against Covid-19. 

The frontline workers are perturbed at how senior state officers and politicians are flouting Covid-19 regulations with impunity by holding political meetings, a situation they say is not not only endangering the lives of  Kenyans but health workers at large.

Speaking Tuesday on KBC News Check morning show, Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) Nairobi branch official Boaz Onchari and Kenya Union of Clinical Nurses Secretary-General  George Kibore warned that the already grave situation could get out of hand if the laid down protocols continue to be disregarded.

The officials narrated how their members were suffering to the extent that those who have contracted the disease in the line of duty could not get admission to a hospital facility.

They asked the government to consider designating a health facility for the frontline soldiers just like the defence forces who are treated at the armed forces memorial hospital.

They said the war on the pandemic has long been politicized with the intention of raising funds that were not being utilised to improve health care.

While calling for the health policies to be streamlined, they rubbished the daily figures announced by the Ministry of Health stating that the country’s testing capacity was at its lowest particularly in the 13 worst-hit counties of the larger Nyanza region.

Onchari painted a grim picture in the affected counties where nurses are being forced to work under difficult circumstances without adequate PPEs, further highlighting the pain and the emotional trauma of seeing patients suffering and dying in public facilities that are ill-equipped.

Both officials took on the government for abandoning sensitization Covid-19 programs which they said should be spearheaded by health care workers to curb further spread of the deadly virus.

“ Regular testing of medics is no longer happening. We are on our own. The leaders are flouting rules and exposing Kenyans. The government is not keen to fight this disease. They are talking about a fourth wave yet they are doing nothing to forestall the impending crisis” said Onchari who urged the government to move with speak and employ more healthcare workers.

On his part, Kibore decried the lack of Covid-19 jabs with only 56 pc of the health workers having been vaccinated. He challenged the government to protect medics by ensuring they are all vaccinated.




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