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Kenya to Hire 6,000 Health Workers to Fight Virus Pandemic


Apr 3, 2020
A government official uses a whip to attempt to disperse civilians who gathered to access relief food rations, amid concerns about the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Nairobi, Kenya April 2, 2020.

Kenya is set to hire 6,000 health workers to help fight the coronavirus outbreak, according to Health Secretary Mutahi Kagwe.

Of these, 5,000 will be deployed to counties, and 1,000 will remain at the national hospitals, Kagwe said at a media briefing on Thursday. “We hope to complete” the hiring “by Wednesday next week,” Kagwe said.

The East African country is enforcing a curfew as part of measures to reduce the risk of contagion amid fears that Covid-19 patients will overrun its health system. The government also released 3,837 prisoners to decongest correctional facilities.

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