The widow to the late Dr. Stephen Mogusu has been handed a lifeline by Kisii County Government.
Dr. Jackline Wanjiru has been offered a job at the county’s Department of Health Services, this is according to County Secretary and Head of Public Health Service Patrick Lumumba.
Speaking on Monday at Iranda Primary School grounds during the burial of Dr. Mogusu, Lumumba said that Governor James Ongwae had personally intervened to help the widow and her five-month old child.
Upon his death, the 28-year-old doctor who was working in a COVID-19 ward at a public hospital in Machakos County had not received his salary for five months.
Fourteen doctors have so far succumbed to COVID-19 since the advent of the novel virus in the country in mid-March.
Dr. Mogusu’s burial on Monday coincided with the start of nationwide doctors’ strike.
The doctors downed their tool demanding for a comprehensive medical cover, payment of their allowances, and a safer work environment while treating COVID-19 patients.
“The grievances raised have not been resolved for the past 8 months, efforts to mediate the stalemate between the health unions by the @NAssemblyKE & @Senate_KE have failed. This greatly hampers the fight against #COVID19 in a country with an acute shortage of doctors,” KMPDU said when they kicked of their strike.