“We are tired of being bombarded every single day with news of how much money we are losing that should be going to fight the COVID pandemic,” said protest coordinator Wanjeri Nderu.
The secretary-general of Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union Thuranira Kaugiria, stressed that peaceful demonstrations would not affect the service in public health institutions.
About 320 doctors in several state-managed hospitals joined the strike. They also request better health insurance and more isolation facilities to assist COVID-19 patients.
Dear, @JackMa - Imagine poor Kenyans hospitalized with COVID are being forced to sell property to cater to cost of PPEs yet you donated them to the Govt of Kenya free-of-charge. Could you kindly ask who sold your donation, because if Corona doesn't kill us, Gov't corruption will. pic.twitter.com/kOhrYOKG99
Before the demonstrations, doctors tweeted pictures of the faulty personal protective equipment provided by the government. The protests erupted after the removal of the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority’s chief, a state-run office under corruption allegations.
“We decided today to have a peaceful march. We were teargassed more than 20 times. Some of my colleagues have been arrested,” Nderu added.
As of Friday, Kenya’s health authorities registered 31,763 COVID-19 cases, 532 deaths, and 18,157 recoveries from the virus.