KMPDU mourns yet another doctor

Dr. Nira Patel [photo: The Nairobi Dentist]

Nov, 21st 2020 – The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union has announced the death of Dr. Nira Patel a dental surgeon specialized in orthodontics.

She succumbed on Saturday from complications related to Covid-19 while undergoing treatment at the Nairobi Hospital. This is the same day the KMPDU announced the passing on of yet another doctor, Dr. Anthony Were Omollo, a kidney specialist who also succumbed to the virus.

In a tweet by KMPDU, they said, “We mourn the passing on of Dr. Nira Patel due to COVID-19 complications. A dental surgeon specialized in orthodontics, a mentor to many & was recently bestowed with the life membership of the @kenyadental Association. Condolences to the family & friends. May her soul Rest In Peace.”

Earlier during the day, the Union also confirmed the passing of Anthony who was also the Head of Renal Unit and Kidney Specialist at the Kenyatta National Hospital.

He succumbed to Covid-19 complications and according to Dr. Chibanzi Mwachonda, the union’s acting secretary, the deceased had asked his colleagues to pray for him 14 days ago when he got re-admitted at in the ICU due to the virus.

Mwachonda said, “14 days ago you asked us to pray for you, as you got re-admitted to ICU due to COVID-19 complications. We wake up to the heartbreaking & devastating news of your demise. A teacher, mentor & leader in nephrology. Your ultimate reward lies with the Almighty.”

Medics have threatened a strive if the government does not act upon their grievances including the supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) AND medical insurance.

Mwachonda last week said, “Over the last 8 months, KMPDU has continuously engaged all relevant government ministries, parastatals and council of governors, the legislature and followed all relevant channels in employment and labor relations in a bid to address the plight of frontline healthcare workers. The union had put the industrial off the table but now we have been forced to review our options.”

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