Pulmonologist dead as medics campaign for better services

At least 768 medics have tested positive for the virus as of August 10.

In Summary

•Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said the death rate among health care workers has risen to 1.8 per cent from 1.6.

•The first death was gynecologist Dr Adisa Lugalika.

Burial of Dr Doreen Adisa Lugaliki in Tongaren, Bungoma county, on Monday, July 13, 2020.
Burial of Dr Doreen Adisa Lugaliki in Tongaren, Bungoma county, on Monday, July 13, 2020.
Image: JOHN NALIANYA

The medical fraternity is mourning the loss of one of their senior pulmonologist to Covid-19.

Ndambuki Mboloi  succumbed to severe Covid-19 disease on Thursday, KMPDU said on Friday.

"Condolences to the family.May his soul rest in eternal peace. The government must roll out the Compensation of frontline Healthcare workers," they said in a tweet.

 

As of last week, Kenya had lost 14 health workers to the disease and over 600 infected with the disease.

As a result, KMPDU has launched a campaign to demand for better welfare of health workers in Kenya.

Through their social media platforms, the campaign honors Dr. Doreen Adisa who was the first doctor to succumb to Covid-19.

"..I am Adisa.. We need beds, equipment, provide them with insurance... my health, my life as a doctor is no longer in my hands," they said.

The doctors asked the government to protect the doctors and provide them with mental services.

"It is time to ensure to secure their safety of front line workers. We lost Adisa, would you protect me.. Am' I next?"

"Adisa did everything she could but the disease still took her away from us. As more people get infected health workers will be exposed."

 

The 14  health workers were out of the 423 overall deaths recorded in the country since the onset of the pandemic in March.

At least 768 medics have tested positive for the virus as of August 10.

From the total infections, 363 are female health workers while 405 are male.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said the death rate among health care workers has risen to 1.8 per cent from 1.6.

The first death was gynecologist Dr Adisa Lugalika.

Kagwe, however, said that not all health care infections were contracted in line of work.