Kenya recorded the first death of a medical doctor to coronavirus on Friday, raising concerns on the safety of healthcare workers in the country.
The death of Dr Doreen Adisa Lugaliki was announced by Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe who asked for a minute of silence during his daily briefing on the virus update.
“I am saddened to announce that today, we have lost the first doctor to COVID-19,” Kagwe said, sending condolences to her family, “I have spoken to the family; her two sisters.”
He said the Doctor, who worked as an Obstetrician and Gynecologist at The Nairobi South Hospital, was admitted to hospital on Monday and succumbed on Thursday.
“It is always painful when a life is lost and even more painful when it is a frontline worker and more so when it comes on the line of duty. On behalf of the government I want to say sorry to all healthcare workers under my ministry and those at the county governments,” said Kagwe.