•”It’s not only doctors who are dying… we are also in a hard position economically… this is not the time to down tools,” he said.
•Raila’s plea came as another doctor succumbed to the virus on Monday.
Speaking in Kisumu county on Monday, Raila appealed to doctors to be understanding.
“It’s not only doctors who are dying… we are also in a hard position economically… this is not the time to hold the government at ransom,” he said.
Raila’s plea came as another doctor succumbed to the virus on Monday.
Fighting to breathe through machines in the ICU ward at Kenyatta University Teaching Research and Referral Hospital, Dr Stephen Mogusu made an impassioned plea to his colleagues: save yourselves.
“My dear colleagues, let me admonish you today to get your pay or get out while you can with your health or life intact,” the note, which carried his last words, began.
according to Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentists Union.
The union said: “At the time of his death he had not received his salary for five months, had no insurance and his young family left with no compensation. Too steep a price for patriotism.”
Dr Mogusu was affiliated to Stablehealth Medicare Clinic, a private hospital in Kitengela.
His death brings to 13 doctors who have died of coronavirus since the pandemic reached Kenya. At least 26 nurses and nine clinical officers have also died. In total, the pandemic has killed 1,531 Kenyans.
By Monday, there were 1,172 Covid-19 patients admitted to hospitals.
According to Stablehealth Medicare, Dr Mogusu was one of 13 doctors affiliated to the facility, which has several branches in Nairobi.
In its strike notice on November 15, KMPDU demanded the provision of personal protective equipment for all healthcare workers whether in the public or private hospitals.
The doctors are also demanding comprehensive medical insurance cover for all healthcare workers, employment of an additional 2,000 doctors and creation of isolation centres for health workers who contract the virus.
The government has already agreed to provide comprehensive medical insurance for all civil servants including doctors, while counties have created special facilities for medical staff who fall ill.
“We have not had any meaningful engagement and commitment by the government of the day. Doctors across the country are well mobilised and are ready to withdraw their services for purposes of protecting their lives,” KMPDU chair Samuel Oroko said.
“We are in the midst of a pandemic and as we speak we do not have the capacity in our hospitals to isolate our health care workers who have contracted Covid-19 in the line of duty.”
Nurses have also issued a strike notice to both the national and county governments.
The 14-day strike notice issued by the Kenya National Union of Nurses on November 23 lapsed on Monday.
Clinical officers went on strike on Monday countrywide also demanding higher allowances, promotions and employment of more of the cadre.
Doctors however suspended their strike for 14 days to give dialogue a chance.
Listen to this ODM Governor mocking and dancing on the graves of Doctors.
Is this a joke to you???
Were losing young lives and you’re busy making a joke out of it?
Ati “BBI”??? Kenyan’s, Kazi kwetu!
— S.N. Nyamao 🇰🇪 (@snnyamao) December 8, 2020
Kenyans took it to twitter to attack raila
— Ahmednasir Abdullahi SC (@ahmednasirlaw) December 7, 2020