Anger is escalating in Kenya after the deaths of two famous doctors this weekend. They gave in to Covid-19 when the country faces a second deadly wave. More than 2,000 health workers have contracted the virus since the pandemic began. Dozens died of it. Their union is threatening to strike if nothing is done to protect them.
as reported from Nairobi, Charlotte simonart
Doctors Nira Patel, a well-known surgeon, and Anthony Were Omollo, head of the public hospital department, became the new faces of the destruction of Covid-19 in Kenya this weekend.
Like them, about thirty members of the medical staff contracted the virus, including ten in less than a week. Result: anger rumbles among healthcare professionals.
They accuse the government of neglecting them, and have for several months denied regrettable working conditions and an alarming lack of protective equipment and materials to cope with the influx of patients. Doctors now demand updated reimbursement and medical coverage.
This second wave has damaged Kenya’s health system. Hospitals across the country quickly became saturated.
Without a response from the authorities by December 6, health workers will launch a national strike, a movement that would further aggravate the situation in the country while the daily figures released by the Ministry of Health regularly break records. To date, nearly 1,400 Kenyans have undergone Covid-19.