Homa-Bay nurse dies of COVID-19 complications a week after giving birth

A Homa Bay County nurse who had Covid-19 and gave birth to a healthy baby a fortnight ago, while on oxygen support, died on Sunday. IMAGE/COURTESY

Kenya has lost another health worker to coronavirus after Homa-Bay nurse,Marion Awour aged 32 died of COVID-19 complications a week after giving birth.

Kisii County Public Health Director Richard Onkware said the nurse died at 4pm after about two weeks of battling the disease.

The 32-year-old from Rachuonyo Sub-county contracted the virus at 33 weeks of pregnancy and gave birth normally.

She tested positive on July 20 and gave birth on July 24 at the Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital. She had tested negative twice, including on July 29.

“Unfortunately, we have lost her. One of her lungs collapsed due to Covid-19,” Dr Onkware said on Sunday.

Her baby was found negative after several tests but was placed in the nursery for close observation.

The nurse’s husband and her other close contacts went into self-quarantine.

The nurse had claimed that she was abandoned by ICU staff and that no one wanted to attend to her after it was established she had the dreaded disease.

Kisii County Health executive Sarah Omache denied the allegations.

“The patient was transferred from Rachuonyo Sub-county Hospital to KTRH, with a history of difficulty breathing, coughing and chills, and was admitted in the Intensive Care Unit,” Ms Omache said.

She said the patient was moved to an isolation centre after testing positive and was well cared for, contrary to the claims that she was shunned.

“We quarantined her contacts, including relatives and medics who handled her in the ICU. Claims that she was abandoned are false,” Ms Omache said and assured patients of quality care at the facility.