NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has urged
Kenya to strengthen its occupational safety and health
conditions for doctors in order to end the HIV epidemic.
Director for Kenya Jantine Jacobi told a media briefing in
Nairobi on Thursday that the East African nation requires a
healthy workforce in order to end HIV as a public health threat
by the year 2030.
“We are working with
other partners to try to address the issue of stigma and
discrimination of health workers who are infected with HIV so
that they can access the care they need,” Jacobi said during a
forum to discuss issues relating to occupational safety and
health for doctors.
million people are living with HIV in the country, amongst them
She added that Kenya
needs a better caring program for doctors because the country is
losing doctors due to work-related stress including HIV.
Jacobi said that the
workplace should be a safe environment where employees can
perform their task without the fear of injury or death.
develop and implement workplace safety and health programs in
order to improve the welfare of doctors,” she added.
Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentist Union Secretary General,
Fredrick Oluga, said that occupational safety and health of
medical practitioners is an integral component of a functioning
understanding seems not to be shared across the system as
doctors have been neglected and their wellbeing either forgotten
or not prioritized leading to deterioration of safety and health
of doctors with fatalities being reported in some cases,” Oluga
He added that there
is lack of confidential and proper reporting channels in regards
to injuries sustained at the workplace while the stigma
associated with seeking medical care amongst doctors continues
to impede the access to medical care for doctors.