Kenya has lost the first doctor to Covid-19.
Dr Adisa Lugaliki,an obstetrician and gynecologist, succumbed to the virus on Friday morning at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) the country’s main medics’ union said.
KMPDU mourns the death of Dr. Doreen Adisa Lugaliki who passed on due to COVID-19 contracted at the work place. We reiterate & remind GOK & ALL Private health facilities that the Welfare,Occupational Safety & Health of frontline workers is a non-negotiable Minimum!!
— KMPDU (@kmpdu) July 10, 2020
The health ministry at the beginning of the month said that 186 health workers had tested positive for coronavirus and that no doctor had died from the virus.
Dr Adisa’s death was first shared by her colleague, Dr Mercy Korir, who described the deceased as a ‘hardworking doctor who still had so much to offer’.
We have lost one of our own as a doctors’ fraternity to #Covid_19. A young doctor with so much to offer.
— Dr. Mercy Korir (@DrMercyKorir) July 10, 2020
Dr Adisa was also mourned by her fellow Kenyans who shared their condolence messages online.
Dr. Adisa. May she rest in peace. We are members of the same Multiple Parents Group. We all are parents to twins and above…
— #BengaCaptain (@PapiOdeQ) July 10, 2020
Kenya has lost its first doctor to Covid-19. My heart goes out to the medical community and the family and friends of Dr. Doreen Adisa Lugaliki. Your immense contributions saved many lives. Rest in peace.
— Oduor Oduku (@RichieMaccs) July 10, 2020
On Thursday, the Ministry of Health announced 447 new COVID-19 cases after testing 3,803 samples bringing the national tally to 8,975.
This is the largest number of confirmed cases in a day since the first case was reported in the country.