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Volunteer Medics Pull Out From Protests Citing Safety Concerns

Medics for Kenya, a body formed by health practitioners to provide emergency services during anti-tax protests in Kenya, have announced withdrawal of their services.

The group formed by a coalition of doctors, nurses, clinical officers, psychologists, nutritionists, paramedics, interns, and students across the nation had joined the protests to attend to medical emergencies.

In a statement released online, the group cited increasing violence and the safety of their volunteers as the primary reasons for their decision to halt services. One person was reported dead, while three others were reportedly injured from gunshot wounds.

“With the change in maandamano atmosphere and the deployment of goons, we as Medics For Kenya, highly value the lives of our volunteers. As we say in the corridors of hospitals, ‘Your Safety Comes First’. Therefore, it is with much regret and pain that we announce MedicsForKenya will withdraw their medical camp services all across the country,” the body said in a statement.

The statement from Medics for Kenya, signed by Co-founders Dr Austin Omondi and Dr Salim Ishmael, emphasized that the decision to withdraw was made after thorough discussion with various stakeholders, committee members, and volunteers.

The body’s co-founder, Dr. Austin Omondi added that its hotlines will remain open, and will coordinate services between emergency response providers and hospitals.

The group extended heartfelt appreciation to all volunteers involved in the protests, stating, “Risking your lives to save your fellow brothers and sisters is the noblest act bestowed to man. You are men and women of valour.”



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