First Kenyan doctor succumbs to coronavirus as cases hit 9,448

Dr Doreen Lugaliki
Dr Doreen Lugaliki. [Photo courtesy]

The first Kenyan doctor has died of COVID-19, 48 hours after being admitted at Aga Khan University Hospital for treatment.

Dr Doreen Lugaliki, 38, is reportedly said to have contracted the virus while at work. The deceased was an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at The Nairobi South Hospital.

“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!!,” Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) stated.

Her colleagues led by Dr Oluma Oluga described her as diligent and humble.

The medical fraternity mourned her saying she went too soon before her star shone.

“Go well Dr. Doreen Adisa Lugaliki. You enjoyed the practice of gynecology. And then you were just beginning to get deeper into the career that you loved so much. We shall miss you dearly. Deep Condolences to the entire medical fraternity, friends and the family,” he eulogized.

Her death came as Kenya, yet again, recorded 473 cases in the last 24 hours.

The total number of COVID-19 patients is now 9,448.

Seventy-six more patients made full recovery bringing total recoveries to 2,773.

However, eight more people passed on bringing the death toll to 181.
Of the new cases are 18 employees of the prestigious St Andrew Turi School.