Patients in Kakamega County at Mumias health facility have decided to go on a hunger strike to protest against the deplorable conditions they are facing.
The patients most of them are related and were traced and placed under mandatory quarantine after one of their relatives died.
They have reported to have been neglected by medics at the facility and thus resorting to go on a hunger strike from yesterday 5th November. They have since seized taking their meals as part of protest against the condition at the facility.
“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.
“As if suffocating under neglect were not enough, we have been forced to clean the wards by ourselves,” said another patient.
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However,the Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) secretary in Kakamega County, Renson Bulunya, dismissed the patients’ allegations, saying the nurses who are looking after the COVID-19 patients at the Mumias facility have been professional in their line of duty.
Bulunya, who is currently undergoing treatment for COVID-19, however, said a shortage of doctors at the Mumias facility was to blame for the lack of medical attention on the patients.
C0vid-19 cases in the country are on the rise with daily tally surpassing the a thousand mark. Mid this week president Kenyatta called upon governors to facilitate and ensure enforcement of Covid-19 measures in their counties.