Nairobi, 20 November, 2020 / 11:05 pm (ACI Africa).
The failure by Kenya’s government to “consistently” support the healthcare system despite availability of funds is a concern for Catholic Bishops in the East African nation who fault the country’s leadership for “leaving health-care workers exposed and vulnerable.”
In their collective message shared with ACI Africa Friday, November 20, members of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) call on the government to prioritize available resources for COVID-19 response.
“We remain concerned that, despite budget availability and commitment by the Executive, resources have not been consistently provided to support the health care system to adequately respond to this pandemic, leaving health-care workers exposed and vulnerable,” KCCB members say in their statement dated November 20.
The Bishops say they are “deeply concerned” that COVID-19 has claimed the lives of healthcare workers who “have been the force behind our many reported recoveries and have given Kenyans the much-needed hope during this difficult period.”
Since the first case of the coronavirus was reported in Kenya in March, at least 30 healthcare workers have succumbed to the virus, among them ten senior specialists, according to the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Doctors Union (KMPDU).