KMA STATEMENT ON THE COVID-19 VACCINE PRICING.

4th April ,2021.

The Kenya Medical Association is a professional association bringing together registered medical practitioners and dentists in Kenya, with the twin mission of championing for the welfare of doctors and advocating for quality health care for all.
Pursuant to the KMA mission, we are mandated to engage the national and county governments and any other individual or organization that may be useful in improving the welfare of doctors and the quality of health care in this country.
Kenya Medical Association would like to express its concern on the commercialization of the Sputnik -V vaccine which has locked out many Kenyans from accessing the vaccine contrary to an earlier assurance that the vaccines will be available to the population for free or at a small surcharge fee. This has set a dangerous precedent that can result in the vaccines being priced out of the market and leaving out more than 40 % of Kenyans who live below the poverty line. Vaccines are our last hope in controlling the covid 19 pandemic and we are troubled that the high mark ups for retailers might lock out millions of people from accessing the vaccines.
We also note that the vaccines roll out is being conducted in a haphazard manner in the last few weeks locking out the Phase 1 and the above 58 years old senior citizens. The Ministry of Health should stick to the Phase 1 and accelerated Phase 2 approach in order to ensure that the most vulnerable in the society are protected first. Indeed, this is the well accepted approach world over which has been effective in reducing the number of deaths from COVID -19 infection.
We support the initiative announced by the Ministry of Health where the government will be the only entity to engage and import the vaccines directly from the manufacturers. In situations where a Public Private Partnership (PPP) will be required to fast-track the vaccination of Kenyans, we recommend the following:
1. That the call for expression of interest be done in an open and transparent manner through the print media to ensure the process is accountable.
2. The importation, pricing and roll out of the vaccine should be aligned to National and Global Policies and Strategies.
3. That the Vaccines to be imported are WHO approved and meet the global safety standards thus expanding trust in the vaccines.
4. The Vaccines to be imported should be those shown to be effective against the local strains of COVID 19 virus in the country and region.
5. The Vaccines are affordable and free from profiteering as was the case with the PPEs at the start of the pandemic.
6. That it is done in a manner that is sustainable and which ensures that one has access to the total dosage of the vaccines or a booster dose if necessary.
Assuring all Kenyans access to both doses of the vaccine in their respective risk categories will prevent panic and stampede. The vaccination process should be highly ethical and transparent. All forms of fraud and cheating by both providers and consumers should be discouraged, monitored and heavily punished irrespective of the status of the culprit. We do believe that if this is done, it will ensure that there is an equitable roll out of the vaccines in Kenya in a manner that is transparent and accountable.
Kenya Medical Association is available to partner with the Government of Kenya through the Ministry of Health in its effort to ensure every citizen is vaccinated to ensure recovery of our health and economy. We continue to urge the public to adhere to the public health protocols recommended by the Ministry of Health that includes hand hygiene with soap & water, wearing of appropriate face masks, observing social distancing and getting vaccinated as simple initiatives to fight the COVID-19 virus.

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LG donates wearable air purifiers to frontline healthcare workers in Kenya

LG Electronics in partnership with Opalnet Limited have donated PuriCare wearable air purifiers worth Kshs 5 million to the Kenya Medical Association (KMA) for further distribution to medical workers at the COVID-19 frontline within the KMA Divisions.

The LG PuriCare™ Wearable Air Purifier utilizes two H13 HEPA filters which prevent up to 99.95 percent of harmful airborne matter such as viruses, bacteria and common allergens from entering the respiratory system.

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LG Electronics East Africa Managing Director Mr. Sa Nyoung Kim said that the air purifier comes at a time when the country’s medical workers need for high quality personal protective equipment is high.

“We strongly believe that the protection of our doctors is a fundamental aspect in flattening the COVID-19 curve in Kenya. We have used the latest of LG’s air care technology to create high-performance filters and sensor-controlled fans to ensure the air purifiers provide clean air and optimal breathing comfort anywhere, anytime,” said Mr. Kim.

Designed after extensive ergonomic facial analysis to fit snugly on most adult faces, LG PuriCare™ Wearable Air Purifier minimizes air leakage around the nose and chin and is comfortable to wear for extended periods of time. The built-in rechargeable 820mAh battery delivers up to eight hours of operation at low speed and two hours on the highest setting. And because key components such as filters, inner cover, face guard, ear straps and strap extenders are easy to remove or replace, the LG PuriCare™ Wearable Air Purifier is easy to keep hygienically clean.

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In addition, the air purifier is fitted with LG’s UVnano sanitization technology to eliminate 99.99 percent of harmful germs in just 30 minutes using UV-C LED lights. The case can also remove moisture from internal components caused by the wearer’s breath, charge the device from empty to full in just two hours and even send a notification to a smartphone via the LG ThinQ™ app when filters need replacing.

“PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier was developed to address the growing demand worldwide for products that can improve personal hygiene at a time when it’s needed most. This groundbreaking device offers a new level of portable protection, making it possible for consumers to comfortably breathe clean air on-the-go so they have one less thing to worry about,” said Mr. Kim.

Kenya Medical Association President Dr. Were Onyino commended LG for stepping in to support the association efforts in advocating for the welfare of doctors amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“Inadequate personal protective equipment for healthcare workers has been a great hindrance to service delivery for medical workers countrywide. While KMA is gratified that local manufacturers have joined the effort to manufacture and supply these indispensable items, we welcome LG’s donation of this much need masks that will help our medical workers delivery great service to our citizens,” said Dr. Were.

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KMA NGC STATEMENT 5th January 2019

On 5th January 2019 KMA held a special meeting at KMA Centre auditorium to deliberate on several issues affecting doctors. The meeting was supported by all the other Medical Associations in Kenya with the presence of KMPDU.

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