First Medic Contracts Covid-19 in Kenya - Clinical Association

  • 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
  • UPDATE Wednesday, April 1: The husband to a clinical officer who tested positive to covid-19 virus also contracted the disease according to Kenya Union of Clinical Officers (KUCO).

    In a report carried by K24 TV, the husband is hospitalised at Mbagathi hospital alongside his wife.

    The couple's children and their house help are awaiting results.


    The Kenya Clinical Officers Association has announced that one of its members has contracted the Covid-19 virus in line of duty.

    An image of medical officers in a hospital
    Medical staff in protective suits in a hospital.

    In a press conference on Tuesday, March 31, the association confirmed that the female clinical officer, who tested positive, had been carrying out duties as normal at a facility they were yet to disclose.

    "Kenya Clinical Officers Association has learned of one of our colleagues who has contracted the novel Coronavirus while on duty. The clinical officer had been performing her duty in the outpatient and special clinic in her area of duty until she contracted this virus.

    "You can understand the anguish she is going through knowing she may have infected her family member and patients," stated one of the association's members at the presser.

    Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke however, both Government Spokesperson Cyrus Oguna and Health CS Mutahi Kagwe disclosed that they were not aware of the new case.

    "I do not know about that and we can't respond to a rumour," stated Kagwe.

    During the presser, the association also noted that they had noticed the state left them out of Covid-19 planning committees.

    "We also note that a clinical officer had been left out of planning committees for Covid-19 mitigation and most of the counties. 

    "In the high-risk counties, 90 per cent of clinical officers who are frontline health workers and who suffer the highest risk have not been trained. This also applies to other health workers across the board," he added.

    They further accused the state of only allocating two-hour sensitization sessions to the medics, a move they claimed does not inspire confidence in the medics.

    According to data supplied by the government shows that 50 people have tested positive for the virus with 74 per cent of the cases originating from Nairobi

    Below is the video of the presser: