Kenyan doctors have demanded for enhancement of their safety following the death of their colleague in the line of duty.
The medics spoke soon after the death of Dr Doreen Lugaliki, a gynaecologist, who died on Friday morning at Aga Khan Hospital, Nairobi.
Dr Lugaliki had reportedly been admitted with difficulty in breathing and was there for two days.
Dr Mercy Korir, a medical journalist with KTN News, tweeted, We have lost one of our own as a doctors’ fraternity to #Covid_19. A young doctor with so much to offer.”
Mourning one of their own, doctors reminded the government and private health facilities that their safety in the fight against Covid-19 remains cardinal.
“KMPDU mourns the death of Dr. Doreen Adisa Lugaliki who passed on due to COVID-19 contracted at the work place. We reiterate & remind GOK & ALL Private health facilities that the Welfare, Occupational Safety & Health of frontline workers is a non-negotiable Minimum!!,” Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union acting secretary general Chibanzi Mwachonda tweeted on Friday.
Acting Health Director General Patrick Amoth said Lugaliki’s death is a reminder that Covid-19 doesn’t discriminate in its attack.
“Today is a sad day for our frontline healthcare workers. We’ve sadly lost one of us, Dr. Adisa Doreen Lugaliki, to #COVID19. This is a sad reminder that COVID-19 doesn’t discriminate in its attack. We’re ALL susceptible to its brutality. Sincere condolences from @MOH_Kenya family” Dr Amoth tweeted.
In June, Alfred Obengo, the president of the National Nurses Association of Kenya said a nurse anaesthetist died in Kitengela due to the coronavirus.
On Wednesday, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe announced 257 healthcare workers in the country have contracted Covid-19.
Health workers have blamed lack of protective equipment and safety measures for the high number of infections.
Recently released data shows more than 600 nurses around the world have died after contracting Covid-19.