Another healthcare worker, Marian Awuor dies of COVID-19 Complications

Mariam Awuor Adumbo, a nurse stationed at Rachuonyo Sub-County Hospital in Homabay County has died from COVID-19 related complications.

According to The National Nurses Association of Kenya (NNAK), the late Mariam was admitted at Homabay County Hospital with flu-like symptoms in pregnancy, where she tested negative for COVID-19 a week ago. She developed breathing complications and was transferred to Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital where another test was done and the result was positive for COVID-19.

Marian gave birth to a baby boy while still on critical care treatment on 27th July 2020 and unfortunately on 2nd August 2020, her condition worsened and sadly, she passed away.

In a span of five (5) months, the National Nurses Association of Kenya has lost three (3) nurses who dedicated their lives to fight the COVID-19 for the sake of our country:

Clifford Manyara Mburia – a 58-year old anesthetist who was working in Kitengela Medical Centre

Moses Gitonga Ringera, – 49 years old Clinical Nurse at the University of Nairobi Clinic

Marian Awuor -32 years Nurse from Rachuonyo County hospital

Following this unfortunately incident the association has reiterated its stance on the unpreparedness of Counties in handling COVID-19.

The association has demanded for the provision of adequate and quality Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), proper Training for all healthcare workers on managing COVID-19, adequate psychosocial support to all the healthcare workers, employment of more healthcare workers in all the 47 counties, payment of healthcare workers allowances in time and motivation to healthcare workers through enhanced risk allowance and special insurance support.

“As National Nurses Association of Kenya (NNAK), we demand that both the national and county and national governments should move with speed to ensure that healthcare workers have the following before we soon wake up to find no one to take care of our brothers and sisters in our healthcare facilities.”