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Kagwe warns rogue medics as 634 health workers test positive for virus

CS cites KNH doctor who wanted to perform a surgery despite testing positive.

In Summary

• Kagwe gave reference to two doctors who flouted rules regarding professional conduct during the pandemic.

• The CS spoke of a separate case of a doctor who also wanted to go about his duties despite testing positive for coronavirus.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe during the daily Covid-19 briefing at Afya House on May 21, 2020.
File Health CS Mutahi Kagwe during the daily Covid-19 briefing at Afya House on May 21, 2020.
Image: MERCY MUMO

Some 634 healthcare workers have contracted Covid-19 across the country, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe has revealed.

This is about three per cent of the total cases reported in the country.

Much as the rate in Kenya is relatively low compared to the 10 per cent health care workers infections globally, Kagwe faulted some rogue medics for 'misbehaving'.

 
 

"We are also asking that the health professionals must adhere to what we are saying because we know that there are some who are misbehaving," he said.

Kagwe went ahead to give reference to two doctors who flouted rules regarding professional conduct during the pandemic.

He cited a case of a doctor at Kenyatta National Hospital who had travelled and instead of putting himself on quarantine, proceeded on duty.

According to Kagwe, the rogue doctor wanted to perform surgery despite knowing the danger he was exposing himself, colleagues and the patient.

"Fortunately he didn't because a nurse reported him. Thank you to the nurse," Kagwe said.

Similarly, the CS spoke of a separate case of a doctor who also wanted to go about his duties despite testing positive for coronavirus.

"Honestly, this borders on criminal behaviour. Please, you must follow what we are saying. You are our front line of defense. If you preach water, you must take water and not partake of wine," the CS stated.

Kagwe spoke on the day the county's cases rose to 19, 125 after 544 new infections were recorded.