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Gasping With COVID-19: Medics In A Tough Tussle With The Government As More Contract The Virus

-The push and pull between medics and the government is likely to paralyse health services even as more healthcare workers contract the dreaded COVID-19.

Medics at the Pumwani Maternity Hospital had been allowed to take care of patients despite testing positive for corona virus.

Now, at least 22 workers from the Nairobi-based facility have been infected with corona virus even as the govt fails to honour the risk allowances it promised.

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Health services are at the verge of being paralysed at a time when positive numbers for the dreaded corona virus are taking an untameable upward trajectory. The invincible zoonotic virus has found its way into hospitals, as a result more healthcare workers getting infected with at least 3 medics reportedly having taken their last breath after contracting the zoonotic virus. The first of the front line soldiers to pass away was Dr. Adisa Lugaliki, an obstetrics and gynecology doctor who got infected in the line of duty.

But more worries spike from the government resorting to play abhorrent tricks at the expense of medics welfare. In Pumwani Maternity Hospital for example, it is alleged that dirty games were unfolding behind the curtains. The hospital management had told medics who had tested positive to continue attending to patients as long as they exhibited no symptoms. According to messages of tribulations from a worker at the facility, the hospital couldn’t allow them to isolate as such action would leave the remaining workers taking a full stretch.

Healthcare workers at the facility are now at a go-slow after it was confirmed at least 22 of them had been infected by the highly contagious virus. However, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe remains upbeat that the situation is not that dire to close the facility. A nurse at the facility narrated a chilling ordeal, saying the situation could be worse.

“We are around 22 who are positive and most of the others who have been tested have not yet received results,” he said.

And it is now double trouble for practitioners because they could find themselves is a despondent valley occasioned by stigmatization that has been meted on persons who have previously tested positive for SARS-CoV-2.

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But the Afya House based ministry is brewing more trouble after its promise to pay medics COVID-19 allowances turned out to be fictitious. Into the third month, the promise has not been honoured.

Through its officials, Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) is currently in a frosty relationship with the government owing to the latter’s waxy flexibility in supply of PPEs and renumeration of the welfare package.

Even though the government says it shall release the Ksh 3 billion monies towards the same, it remains unknown as to when it shall honour their pledge. And with things getting worse, healthcare workers are now plotting to desert hospitals even as the demand for their services balloon.

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