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NAKURU: COMMUNITY JOINS HOSPITAL TO BOOST MORALE OF HEALTH WORKERS AMID THE COVID -19 PANDEMIC

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NAKURU: COMMUNITY JOINS HOSPITAL TO BOOST MORALE OF HEALTH WORKERS AMID THE COVID -19 PANDEMIC

Medical staff at the Mediheal Group of Hospitals in Nakuru County yesterday received psycho social support from the clergy and community as a way of boosting their morale in helping to curb the dreaded Corona Virus Disease.

Dances, comedy, shared meals and motivational speeches from experts characterized the session at the hospital premises in Nakuru.

Among the beneficiaries were eight Doctors, 10 clinicians and nurses that were hailed to be key players in the strengthening of the frontline in the war against the pandemic in a County that has more than 60 active cases.

As the country sleep walks into a projected peak of  a Corona Virus caseload, concerns about long term mental health risks of frontline medical workers mount by day.

Menengai East Ward Representative Wilson Mwangi observed that besides their physical well being, it is increasingly worrisome that only a few can cope with the trauma stemming from the grueling work of making sacrifices to save a life from COVID-19.

Mwangi noted that the war against prevention of the disease requires self sacrifice of medical front line workers and who must be motivated by their communities through appreciation even as county and national governments do their bit to ensure an efficient health service amid the plague.

The lead Doctor at Mediheal Hospital in Nakuru Dr.Dulcy Wonder knows better than most the price of caring for highly infectious patients now. She says this, even with the best working environment, can have long term effects on the mental health of a health worker making them inefficient at work and alienated from family.

Dr. Wonder says, at its worst, health workers can contract the disease at the workplace and put their lives and of others at a greater risk.

She says such sessions during the pandemic help a health worker feel appreciated by users of the overstretching health service and are also encouraged to selflessly sacrifice to save lives through effective care of patients and to provide appropriate information to the community about prevention of COVID -19 and other diseases.

She said health workers at the institution had also been fully equipped to combat the pandemic.

Dr.Wonder said workers have been regularly trained about emerging trends against the disease besides facilitation of requisite gear to fight the virus.

The Vice President of Mediheal Group of Hospitals Dr.Santosh Devaraj said the group of hospitals is complementing efforts by host County governments to combat the disease.

He said the hospitals in Nairobi, Nakuru and Eldoret have expanded their isolation capacity in the effort to help scale up the country`s management capacity of the disease.

The number of health workers getting infected has been rising in recent months amid calls for systemic protection of doctors and nurses who, on a daily basis, come in to direct contact with COVID-19 patients.

Four health workers have died and 450 others have tested positive for COVID-19 since the ministry of health reported the first case in March this year.

The Country has already recorded over 25,000 active cases of COVID-19

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