Machakos nurses protest PPE shortage after the death of their colleague

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Nurses at Machakos level 5 congregating at the Hospital. (Photo -Hillary/Mauvoo)

Machakos level 5 nurses have protested over what they termed as insufficient personal protective equipment (PPE) after the death of their colleague.

This comes just a few days after the death of a nurse from the same hospital, Frankline Muturi, who succumbed to Covid-19 Saturday.

Addressing the media after the nurses went back to work, Health CECM Dr. Ancent Kituku revealed that the nurse passed on on Saturday and began complaining of being unwell last week Monday.

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“We sent an ambulance to pick him from a Nairobi Hospital. After testing him, we found that he was covid-19 positive.We gave him proper attendance then his family requested we transfer him to Kenyatta University Hospital where he died few hours after admission.”Kituku said.

The health CECM reiterated their commitment to ensuring proper and full protective measures are put for the safety of all health workers urging any health worker who lacks any PPE item not to report to work.

“We love our health workers and as county government, we are working to get more personal protective equipment for all health workers. The nurses came together in the morning because of the demise of one of their own but we talked to them.” The CECM went on.

After the nurses were promised that full support and provision of enough PPE would be considered, they resumed work.

Nurses at Kangundo level 4 hospital in Machakos Sunday (21st March) downed their tools after citing that the hospital was not providing them with gloves among other necessities to handle patients.

In the current Financial year, The health docket has the biggest chunk of the budget at 4.1 billion The County’s total budget is 11.016 billion consisting of 8.039 billion equitable share from the national government and Kshs 1.729 from local revenues.

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