Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentists' Union (KMPDU) acting Secretary-General Dr. Chibanzi Mwachonda has urged members of the public and the government alike to step up in the fight against Covid-19.
He warned that the effect of the pandemic had intensified, stating that all Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds in the country are full.
Mwachonda urged Kenyans to adhere to the set Covid-19 mitigation measures as to avoid overwhelming the already stretched facilities in the country.
File image of KMPDU acting Secretary-General Chibanzi Mwachonda during a past press briefing. |Photo| Courtesy|
He further revealed that several medical practitioners had been taken ill for the virus across the country.
He reiterated that the shortage of doctors in the country has strained the fight against the pandemic.
"This month has recorded an increase in healthcare workers infection. There are currently 10 doctors admitted in various facilities across the country and this indicates the need for extra precaution from members of the public seeking healthcare services in our hospitals," Mwachonda stated.
He urged the Ministry of Health to expedite the renewal of contracts for 156 healthcare workers hired to isolation and treatment centres across the country.
"County governments should address grievances at the workplace to avoid industrial unrest and provision of PPEs," Mwachonda urged.
Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua also urged Kenyans to take necessary precautions to avoid infection and spread of the virus, adding that ICU beds in the county are full.