Medical Association calls for patient safety during protests

Police fire teargas to disperse anti-government protesters in Sharable Estate, Nakuru City. [Julius Chepkwony, Standard]

The Kenya Medical Association (KMA) has raised concern over the safety of patients and healthcare providers during the protests.

In a statement on July 18, KMA noted that a number of patients were not able to get immediate medical attention during the previous protests.

“During previous protests, KMA noted that access to healthcare facilities for patients and healthcare providers was hindered resulting in increased morbidity and mortality,” it stated.

“We confirm that our members attended to hundreds of injured Kenyans and witnessed tens of fatalities as a result of the protests and the threat of this continuing is worrying.”

KMA has asked patients who will be seeking medical attention during the protest to seek safety first and visit health facilities which are more equipped to handle emergencies.

The medical body has therefore asked the government and security officials to ensure the safety of healthcare facilities, personnel and patients.

"Highlights the ethical responsibilities of healthcare professionals to uphold patient care and support the community during times of crisis," it stated.

“We encourage healthcare providers to remain vigilant, maintain open communication with patients, and provide necessary medical assistance while adhering to professional ethics and code of conduct.”

Healthcare providers are also advised to protect themselves while providing essential services.

Additionally, the association has called for dialogue and peaceful resolution to end the conflict that would enhance a safe environment for the provision of health care services.

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