COVID-19 has robbed Kenya of yet another frontline worker! Doctor Stephen Mogusu on Monday succumbed to COVID-19 complications.
Even more devastating is that Dr. Mohusu, 28, had not received his salary for five months and had no health insurance.
Announcing his death, The Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) rued that his young family have been left with no compensation.
“Too steep a price for Patriotism,” KMPDU mourns.
The doctor’s death comes shortly after KMPDU Secretary General Chibanzi Mwachonda led an online fund drive to finance the medic’s hospital bill.
Dr. Mogusu had been admitted to ICU at the Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral and Research Hospital.
KMPDU on Sunday called off their strike which was meant to start today.
Mwachonda said the move was meant to allow for dialogue. “If the issues will remain unsolved upon the lapse of 14 days, the strike will commence on December 21st, 2020,” he said in a statement.
The frontline workers are demanding for employment of 2,350 doctors, more personal protection equipment as they tackle Covid-19, medical insurance, risk allowance and payment of all overdue salaries and allowances.
KMPDU also wants the reinstatement of all sacked doctors in Laikipia and Kirinyaga counties, and the formation of a Health Services Commission.