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The plight of health workers amid COVID-19

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Healthcare workers are mourning the loss of two of their own who succumbed to COVID-19. The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists’ Union (KMPDU) confirmed the demise of Dr. Nira Patel and Nephrologist A. J. O Were on their social media handles.

So far, 12 doctors have succumbed to COVID-19 in Kenya. These happened at a time when healthcare workers issued a strike notice that was addressed to the Head of Public Service, Joseph Kinyua. In the strike notice, doctors demanded;

  1. Provision of comprehensive medical cover as provided by the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) to all doctors working in the Republic of Kenya
  2. Comprehensive group life, last expense, enhanced work injury benefits, and group personal accident covers to all doctors working in the Republic of Kenya
  3. Employment of at least 2,000 doctors (medical doctors, dentists, and pharmacists) on permanent and pensionable terms
  4. Payment of call allowance to all doctors working under the Ministry of Health
  5. Payment of all applicable allowances to doctors working under the Universal Health Services Unit (UHC) and Academic Staff
  6. Enhancement of the risk allowance
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The Kenya Union of Clinical Officers (KUCO) has also released a notice demanding the following;

  1. The provisions of the right PPEs in all hospitals
  2. All healthcare workers belonging to vulnerable groups be exempted from active duty
  3. Comprehensive medical cover for healthcare workers
  4. All salaries for universal healthcare disbursed to counties
  5. Provision of more risk allowance. It is currently at Ksh 3,000
  6. Contracted clinical officers to be employed permanently
  7. At least 3,000 clinical officers should be employed
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The clinical officers have given a 14 days strike notice.

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