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As the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in the country continues, frontline healthcare workers have continued to express concerns over their safety at their workplace.
On numerous occasions, unions representing health workers have come out to lament on what they says is “carefree attitude” shown by the Government in providing a safe environment, to prevent a situation where the hunter becomes the hunted.
The number of health care workers who have succumbed in their line of duty in the fight against the pandemic is fast rising.
The Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPDU) has called for a Special National Advisory Council meeting on Sunday, November 15 following the death of four doctors in the last 24 hours alone.
According to KMPDU, the special meeting has been convened to deliberate on the way forward on matters welfare and occupational safety and health of all frontline health care workers.
Dr Emarah Ashraf, Dr. Hudson Alumera, Dr. Jackline Njoroge, and Dr Faith Kanjiru Mbuba have succumbed due to COVID-19 complications in the last 24 hours.
A periodontal surgeon, Dr. Alumera, was the latest health care worker in Kenya to die in the line of duty. He succumbed to COVID-19 complications on Saturday, November 14.
Doctors Vladimir Schuckin, Robert Ayisi and Hudson Inyangala, according to KMPDU, sum up the list of health care workers who have succumbed to COVID-19 this week alone.
KMPDU Secretary General Chibanzi Mwachonda has since directed all doctors to abstain from their duties where the work environment is unsafe.
“To the Government of Kenya, the welfare occupational safety & health of frontline health care workers is non-negotiable moving forward,” says KMPDU.
KMPDU has been advocating for National and County Governments to bear the cost of treatment for all health care workers who have contracted the disease that has so far claimed lives of 1.3 million people worldwide.