Covid-19: Kenyan Nurse Narrates Horrible Working Conditions in US

  • Kenyan nurse working in US Dorothy Ogega while appearing on Citizen TV on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.
    Kenyan nurse working in US Dorothy Ogega while appearing on Citizen TV on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.
    Citizen Digital
  • A Kenyan nurse living and working in the United States has opened up about dire situations she is forced to endure on a daily basis.

    While appearing on JKLive, Dorothy Ogega, a Gentratric, narrated that she works 18-hour shifts and is constantly exposed to the virus on a daily basis.

    She further stated that by virtue of her work, she also exposes her children to the virus which has claimed more than 20,000 lives worldwide.

    A medical practitioner dressed in protective gear at Coronavirus isolation and treatment facility in Mbagathi District Hospital on Friday, March 6, 2020.
    A medical practitioner dressed in protective gear at the Coronavirus isolation and treatment facility in Mbagathi District Hospital on Friday, March 6, 2020.
    Simon Kiragu
    Kenyans.co.ke

    "Yeah, It is hell here. It has been very challenging since we had our first case and I am very scared. Being a Kenyan and a nurse here, I am very scared.

    "At the moment we have 60,000 patients and 807 deaths. Being a Gentriatric, I work with the elderly and they are the most vulnerable. Their immune system is not able to contend with the virus," she stated.

    The nurse further noted that the worrisome factor has to be that the US is running out of supplies both for the patients and protective gear for the medical personnel helping to contain the virus.

    "In the US, we are running out of supplies and we are struggling. The US was not ready for this," she continued.

    The mother of three noted that she is weighed down by the fact that she has to assure her children that they will be okay.

    "My boys are grown enough so they understand but again, I am their mommy to them so I have to assure them. I have to take off my clothes in the garage, leave them there. It is not an easy thing to do.

    "Please my fellow Kenyans, let us heed to the social distancing because this virus is there," she pleaded.