KMPDU Boss DR Chibanzi Mwachonda Tests Positive For Covid-19, Sends Doctors Special Message
July. 31, 2020
Photo:Dr. Chibanzi Mwachonda
Dr. Chibanzi Mwachonda, the acting Secretary General of the Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) on Friday 31,July revealed that he tested positive for COVID-19. In a statement released on Friday, Dr. Mwachonda said he contracted the virus while dispensing his official duties.
“I’m currently in a stable condition and under self-isolation. My family is safe, contact tracing and testing of all close contacts is ongoing,” he said.
According to the KMPDU leader, coronavirus is in the widespread community transmission phase and all Kenyans are at risk but that should not be a cause for fear or stigma to affected individuals or their families.
Photo:Covid-19 Mass Testing
He averred that the high number of recoveries offers hope that Kenya will win the war against an invisible enemy.
The medic cautioned that Kenyans should adhere to the Ministry of Health prevention measures: putting on masks, washing hands, avoiding unnecessary movement and gatherings in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and enable flattening of the curve.
He also urged the government to support frontline workers by providing adequate and quality PPEs as well as a welfare package on work injury benefits and comprehensive medical treatment.
“To my colleagues on the frontline, we soldier on in the service to humanity cognizant of the great risk of infection to all of us,” Dr. Mwachonda added.
Photo: Rashid Haman
This comes a day after Kenya reported 788 more coronavirus cases raising the total to 19,913 on Thursday. Health CAS Rashid Aman said more males than females are still contracting the virus and they might need to re-evaluate their diet.
“I urge all of us to adopt a healthy lifestyle, avoid smoking and alcohol and engage in physical activities,” he said adding that mild symptoms of the virus can be managed by taking warm fluids and eating nutritious food.
According to Dr. Aman, 475 of the latest cases are male while 313 are women: they tested positive from 5,521 samples tested in the last 24 hours.