Trans Nzoia Health workers express fears over lack of Covid 19 protective tools

The secretary of the Kenya National Union of Nurses in Trans Nzoia Willy Sifuna addressing journalists in Kitale on April 9, 2020. Photo/ Aspect News

Personnel at health facilities in Trans Nzoia County are in a panic mode over an alleged failure by the area county government to protect them against possible Corona Virus infection.

The medical and non-medical workforce said their lives are on line since they have not been provided with personal protective equipment (PPE) yet they interact with suspicious cases daily.

“It is ironical that the county government is rallying residents to acquire protective gear to curb the spread while it has not protected those of us on the line of defense,” said the secretary of the county’s secretary of the Kenya National Union of Nurses Willy Sifuna.

Mr. Sifuna said the challenge also poses a great risk to patients who visit public health facilities in the region since they are not safe from getting infected in case health personnel contact the virus.

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“This trend is worrying since we are expected to put our lives in danger for the sake of combating the virus. We will be forced to stay home like other Kenyans if nothing is done,” he said.

They have also accused the region’s Corona Virus emergency response team of isolating them in training despite setting aside funds meant for capacity building health staff on preparedness.

“Other county governments are paying their health staff allowances as motivation to deal with Corona virus while in our case all funds have been diverted to renovations,” said the nurses’ union chairman Edward Cheruiyot.

The chairman of the Trans Nzoia County government workers union Samuel Kiboi said all worked will down their tools if there are no measures to protect them from contracting the virus.