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Brave Kenyan Nurse Kirimi Praised by WHO For Her Contribution in Fighting Coronavirus

Nurse Kirimi is deployed at the Kenyatta University Teaching and Referral Hospital. Photo: WHO Kenya/Twitter.

Since the first coronavirus case was reported in Kenya on Friday, March 13, there has been little to smile about with the number of cases rising.

Just 17 days after the first case was reported, Kenya's number of confirmed cases hit 50 as at Monday, March 30, when Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe confirmed 8 more cases.

As they say every dark cloud has a silver lining, there are some encouraging reports despite the pandemic instilling fear in many Kenyans.

Medical staff have been for example remained to be unsung heroes despite putting their lives on the line in the fight against the virus that has infected to the upwards of 700,000 people across the world.

However, despite the pressure brought about the virus World Health Organisation did not hesitate to recognise and appreciate a Kenyan female medical officer for diligently putting in efforts to overcome the pandemic.

Through its social media handles, WHO described the medic, a Kenyan female nurse for her bravery in the fight against COVID-19.

The nurse only identified as Kirimi is deployed at Kenyatta University Teaching and Referral Hospital.

"Thank you Nurse Kirimi working at Kenyatta University Teaching Referral and Research Hospital from everyone at @WHO! She and many other brave Kenyan health workers are on the front line in the fight against COVID-19," WHO Africa and WHO Kenya tweeted.

WHO lauded other Kenyan medical workers involved in dealing with the global pandemic and reiterated its commitment to fight COVID-19 in Kenya. Photo: WHO Kenya/Twitter.

"We remain committed to fighting coronavirus in Kenya. We are counting on everyone to follow Ministry of Health and WHO guidelines," the organisation stated.

WHO cited Mbagathi isolation and treatment facility as one of key areas it was supporting through the Ministry of Health to prepare for COVID-19.

"Here, suspected cases can be safely isolated and confirmed cases treated according to WHO guidelines," the organisation indicated.

At least three Kenyan patients initially diagnosed with the disease have tested negative and are waiting for further analysis in order to be discharged or advised to continue with treatment.

The acknowledgement of the Kenyan nurse came even as the Kenya Union of Clinical Officers (KUCO) raised concern that one of their members- a clinical officer had contracted the disease in line of duty.

George Gibore, KUCO Secretary General blamed the government for inefficiently handling health workers' preparedness amidst the pandemic.

"We have sadly learnt that one of our members is among the 50 patients. She contacted the disease in the line of duty. The officer was tending to patients in the outpatients' section where she contracted the disease," said Gibore.

Medical staff attending to a patient at Kenyatta National Hospital. Photo: WHO Kenya/Twitter.

He said it was agonising for the officer to know that she could have infected her family members and patients she tended to.

The union demanded for prioritisation of the health workers' safety if the fight against the virus was to gain any positive results.

During the Monday, March 30, press address, the health ministry said that most of the new cases were not imported but those spread among Kenyans raising concern that the country could get to 1000 cases by the first two weeks of April and even 10,000 by the end of May if key prevention measures are not observed by Kenyans.

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