Nurses on the forefront of Kenya’s battle against COVID-19 are risking their lives by working without proper safety gear, a local organization representing healthcare workers said on Wednesday.

“What we are hearing from the ground is that [provision of] personal protective equipment (PPE) remains a challenge at health facilities in most counties,” Seth Panyako, secretary general of the Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN), told local media.

The union has over 30,000 registered nurses in Kenya, where the number of COVID-19 cases currently stands at 172, with six fatalities, and seven recoveries.

“We’re not yet in a crisis in Kenya but we

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