A Kenyan medical practitioner has spoken about her fears as she goes about treating COVID-19 patients in a post that has since gone viral.
Betty Bosibori who uses the handle missbosibori_ke on Instagram, has asked her followers to “Kindly read through carefully and share. Let’s help stop the spread of COVID19.”
This comes after the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union raised the alarm over a looming crisis after workers were placed in quarantine as the country battles coronavirus.
According to KMPDU acting Secretary General Mwachonda Chibanzi, the numbers are alarming as they seem to be rising.
WE HAVE 10 NURSES, 10 CLINICAL OFFICERS AND OVER 70 OTHER HEALTHCARE WORKERS UNDER QUARANTINE AS WE SPEAK WHO WERE ON THE FRONTLINE HANDLING THOSE WHO HAD PUT UNDER MANDATORY QUARANTINE AND THOSE IN THE HOSPITALS. AND REMEMBER EVEN THE CHILD WHO DIED AT THE KENYATTA NATIONAL HOSPITAL THOSE WORKERS WHO HAD COME INTO CONTACT WERE EXPOSED SO THEY ARE IN QUARANTINE.
These concerns are echoed by missbosibori_ke on her now viral Instagram post.
I TOO AM SCARED BUT NOT OF GOING BUYING GROCERIES, I AM SCARED OF GOING TO WORK. I AM SCARED MY MASK IS NOT STICKING PROPERLY, OR THAT I TOUCHED IT WITH DIRTY GLOVES BY MISTAKE, OR MAYBE THE LENSES DO NOT FULLY COVER MY EYES AND SOMETHING GOES THROUGH.
She talked about the protective equipment that hurts her body:
I am physically exhausted because Personal Protective Equipment hurt my body, the white coat makes you sweat and after I dress myself I can’t go to the bathroom or even drink for six hours.
I AM PSYCHOLOGICALLY TIRED AND JUST LIKE ME ALSO ALL MY COWORKERS WHO HAVE BEEN WORKING IN THIS SITUATION FOR WEEKS. BUT THIS WILL NOT PREVENT US FROM DOING OUR JOB AS WE HAVE ALWAYS DONE. I WILL KEEP CURING AND CARING AFTER MY PATIENTS, BECAUSE I AM PROUD AND IN LOVE WITH MY JOB.
WHAT I AM NOW ASKING FROM WHOEVER IS READING IS NOT TO MAKE THIS EFFORT IN VAIN. PLEASE BE ALTRUISTIC AND STAY HOME, SO THAT YOU CAN PROTECT THOSE WHO ARE WEAK. WE YOUNG PEOPLE ARE NOT IMMUNE TO THE CORONAVIRUS, WE CAN GET SICK TOO OR EVEN WORSE, MAKE OTHERS GET THE VIRUS.
I DON’T HAVE THE LUXURY OF GOING HOME IN QUARANTINE, I HAVE TO GO TO WORK AND DO MY PART. YOU DO YOURS I BEG YOU.
All you’re urged to do is stay at home and take care of yourselves so we avoid increasing the numbers unnecessarily.