Two more medical workers have succumbed to COVID-19, the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board Chairperson Samuel Oroko has said.
This brings to three, the number of health workers who have succumbed to the virus.
Oroko in a press brief urged the government to come clear on the issue of settlement of bills by healthcare workers who get admitted due to COVID-19.
Oroko on Saturday said health care workers should not have to pay the bills.
“We emphasize that the compensation package for health workers must be implemented. It is not a request. It is a demand that health care workers are protected,” he said.
“The government has a responsibility to ensure the safety of front line health workers is addressed comprehensively,” KMPDU acting Secretary-General Chibanzi Mwachonda said.
“To Kenyans, the disease is real. You have a responsibility to protect not just you but for us the health care workers. There is no amount of money that will compensate a family for the loss of their loved one. It is our civic duty to protect protects Kenyans, and these Kenyans are our relatives.”
Mwachonda said the union presented a proposal to the Senate ad hoc committee to have a dedicated isolation facility for front line health workers at KU Teaching and Referral Hospital and in the counties but that is yet to be done.
“We have been soldering on hoping as we go on we will have a dedicated facility. The government should consider waiving the cost of testing kits to ensure the cost of testing to Kenyans is affordable,” he said.
Dr Doreen Adisa Lugaliki who succumbed to COVID-19 was the first health worker to die from the pandemic in the country.
Mwachonda said Dr Adisa contracted the virus from a colleague who had contracted the virus from a patient.
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe confirmed Dr Adisa death Friday morning at The Aga Khan University Hospital where she was admitted since Monday after contracting the virus while in the line of duty.
“We have today for the first time lost a medical doctor to the coronavirus disease. I’m deeply saddened by this because she contracted the virus while working to save the lives of others who had contracted the virus” he said during his daily press briefing.