Dec, 23rd 2020 – The wife of the late doctor Stephen Mogusu who succumbed to Covid-19, has been offered a job opportunity, in Kisii County.
According to the County Secretary and Head of Public Service, Patrick Lumumba, doctor Jackline Wanjiru will report to the Department of Health Services. Lumumba also said the County had received several applications but has considered Wanjiru for the vacancy so as to offer the family a better future.
He said, “This is an assurance from Governor James Ongwae that the widow will join Kisii County’s work force. We condole with the bereaved family and pray that God intervenes and gives her and the child a better future.”
Dr. Mogusu was buried on the same day his colleagues declared a nationwide strike and according to Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Union (KMPDU) officials, doctors have not been assured of their safety at the work place.
Speaking during the burial, Dr. Chibanzi Mwachonda said that it was painful to see doctors lose lives in line of duty. He said, “He embodied the average Kenyan doctor. Most of the doctors you know in this country come from very average families.”
He added, “We understand what it means for a son to go to school for seven years and just when the parents want to reap the benefits the flower is plucked from the family. It is painful.”
On the threats from the Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe that doctor on strike or planning to strike will lose their jobs, Mwachonda said that the threats would not make them go back to work. He said, “No amount of threats will make us go to work. Court orders will not stop doctors from dying and neither will they reduce infections among us.”
He added, “We will not engage in hazardous environments. We will not engage without assurances of our treatment and compensation to young families that most doctors have. There is no point in training doctors and not employing them.”