Doctors under their umbrella body the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPDU) now want the government to settle the medical bill left by the late Dr Stephen Mogusu after he succumbed to Covid-19 related complication on Monday.
The doctors want the Ministry of Health to take responsibility for Dr Mogusu’s death and clear the outstanding bill which is reported to be Sh800,000.
"I have been in touch with the family and they had to fundraise for Sh200,000 as deposit for admission to the ICU. Mogusu has left behind a bill the family is not sure how to clear," KMPDU Secretary General Chibanzi Mwachonda said.
“His death and that of 12 others…We demand MoH to take full responsibility outstanding bill and compensation of families,” he added.
While announcing his death on Monday, KMPDU noted that Dr Mogusu had not been paid for 5 months and had no insurance cover at the time of his death.
"Devastating to announce the demise of 28 year old Dr. Stephen Mogusu who has succumbed to COVID-19 complications At the time of his death he had not received his salary for 5 months, had no insurance and his young family left with no compensation. Too steep a price for patriotism,” KMPDU tweeted.
Deputy President William Ruto mourned the deceased terming him a ‘brilliant and selfless medic’.
“We are saddened by the loss of Dr Stephen Mogusu, a brilliant and selfless medic who was dedicated to deliver critical care and support to our country during this COVID-19 crisis.
“His death, and that of other healthcare workers, is a demonstration that we must deploy all our energies and resources to protect and save our heroes at the frontline from this pandemic at this particular time. Kenyans too must be protected from this ravage,” Ruto said in part.