Kakamega COVID-19 Patients Goes On Hunger Strike

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  • A patient also lamented being put under mandatory labor at the hospital.
  • To express their anger, the patients refused to take their meals, saying they would continue with the hunger strike until their grievances are addressed.
  • Bulunya who is also a Covid-19 patient said the shortage of doctors at the health facility was to blame for the lack of medical attention on the patients.

Covid-19 patients at Mumias health facility in Kakamega County on Thursday went on a hunger strike citing being neglected by medics at the health center.

Most of the patients at the facility are related and had been traced and put under mandatory quarantine after one of them died of Covid-19 a week ago.

“We were just brought and dumped here without any health officers attending to us. Besides being put under antibiotic drugs, we have not received any other form of treatment, and we fear our conditions could worsen,” said one of the patients.

Another patient also lamented being put under mandatory labor at the hospital.

“As if suffocating under neglect were not enough, we have been forced to clean the wards by ourselves,” said the patient.

To express their anger, the patients refused to take their meals, saying they would continue with the hunger strike until their grievances are addressed.

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The allegations by the patients were however dismissed by the Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) secretary in Kakamega County, Renson Bulunya, saying the nurses who are looking after the COVID-19 patients at the hospital have been professional in their conduct.

Bulunya who is also a Covid-19 patient said the shortage of doctors at the health facility was to blame for the lack of medical attention on the patients.

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