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Health ministry set to hire more doctors in war against COVID-19

Intense pressure emanating from Kenyan doctors is set to provide relief over thousands of doctors who remain unemployed. This is after the health ministry indicating that at least 500 doctors will be hired in war against the novel coronavirus disease.

In a statement read by health Cabinet Administrative Secretary (CAS) Dr. Mercy Mwangangi, the Afya House based ministry noted that health care workers occupy the front line in tackling the dreaded SARS-CoV-2.

Dr. Mwangangi also said that quarantine centres specifically for health workers are being put up to reduce the risk of infection to their families.

“Our dedicated health workers and medical staff have been of tremendous help in the country’s efforts to stem the spread of this virus. Together with the measures taken so far to enhance their capacity, and to protect them, we are hiring 500 more doctors to help us combat this menace,” she said.

She added: “If our local supply of medical professionals does not suffice, we will go an extra mile to seek through the international system and our partners. In appreciation of the risks placed on the health workers, we have also set up separate isolation and quarantine centers for our health workers and medical staff.”

Initially Kenyan doctors had resorted to pile pressure on the government to not only employ them but also ensure provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) . In an unfortunate ordeal, it was even reported that the medics had resorted to acquire PPEs at their own expenses.

As part of their strategy, the doctors had a uniform write up which they posted on various social media platforms, asking the government to offer protective gear as they also have family members whom are at risk when they interact.

Meanwhile, the health ministry has given a new directive meant to curb further spread of the virus. Salon and barber shops operators will now be forced to put on face masks and provide hand sanitizers for their clients. They will also be forced to limit the number of clients who enter their premises at any given time.

Currently, statistics show that 179 cases have been identified in Kenya after 7 more people tested positive. According to the health ministry, 5 of them came from Nairobi county while Uasin Gishu and Mombasa counties had one case each.

The deadly virus has seen Kenya impose a raft of strategies aimed at tightening the noose in combating further spread of the respiratory illness that has now infected more than 1.5 million people globally. Kenyans are being urged to strictly adhere to the set down directives.

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