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Kenya Losses First Health Worker Succumbs To COVID-19

A 39-year-old health worker has succumbed to the novel covid-19 on Friday, July 10, 2020.

According to the reports it has been established that the medical doctor succumbed to the virus within 48 hours of being admitted at a private hospital in Nairobi.

The Health worker is identified as Doreen Adisa Lugaliki contracted the virus in the line of duty, is suspected to have had an underlying medical condition that put her at a high risk of succumbing to the disease.

The deceased had trained at the University of Nairobi both as an undergraduate and for her postgraduate as an obstetrician gynaecologist.

She leaves behind 13-year-old twins.

Dr Mercy Korir, who doubles as a journalist with KTN News, was among the first medical doctors to announce the death of their colleague.

Korir took it to her tweeter page on Friday posing,  “We have lost one of our own as a doctors’ fraternity to #Covid_19. A young doctor with so much to offer.”

Dr Simon Kigondu, While reacting to the medic’s death the National Secretary of the Kenya Medical Association, said that the government should come up with better ways of reducing the risk of exposure of health workers to Covid-19 by investing in local health systems.

“Covid-19 is an occupational illness for doctors. We need to consider an increase in the number of human resources for health to allow doctors to also work in shifts and minimize exposure to the virus, ” he said.

The Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) in a tweet also reiterated the need to better both government and private health facilities in the country amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

KMPDU mourns the death of Dr. Doreen Adisa Lugaliki who passed on due to COVID-19 contracted at the work place. We reiterate & remind GOK & ALL Private health facilities that the Welfare,Occupational Safety & Health of frontline workers is a non-negotiable Minimum!!

Dr Lugaliki becomes the first health worker to succumb to Covid-19 in the country.

Since the outbreak in the country, A total of 257 health workers have contracted the contagious disease.


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