Clinician Dr Said Omar passed away while being treated for Covid-19 at Nairobi Hospital on Monday. 

Pathologist, Dr Ahmed Kalebi, Lancet Group of Labs Founder and CEO, made the announcement on his Twitter page on Monday.  

Dr Kalebi revealed that Dr Omar contracted the Coronavirus while attending to Covid-19 patients at Kajiado Hospital and died while being treated for the same virus at Nairobi Hospital. 

“This is so painful right now. Just lost our senior colleague clinician from Kibra daktari Said Omar formerly of @Amref_Kenya. Contracted COVID-19 at work in a Kajiado Hospital. He sent us this photo from ICU in Nairobi Hospital literally bidding farewell,” said Dr Kalebi on Twitter. 


Dr Omar’s death now brings to three the number of frontline healthcare workers who have died from Coronavirus since Friday night.  

Kidney specialist Dr Anthony Were Omolo passed away on Friday followed by dental surgeon Dr Nira Patel on Saturday as medics in Kenya bear a heavy brunt of taking care of virus patients.  

On Saturday November 14, the Ministry of Health in Kenya announced that four medical doctors were among 21 people who died from Covid-19 within a span of 24 hours. 

Dr. Omar’s death brings the total number of medical specialists who have since died from Covid-19 in Kenya to 13, with 32 other healthcare workers having succumbed to the virus too. 

On Sunday, the Ministry of Health announced 14 more people succumbed to the virus within 24 hours, increasing the cumulative fatalities from the deadly Coronavirus to 1,380 in Kenya. 

The ministry also announced that 968 more people had tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 24 hours bringing to 77,372 the total number of positive cases of the virus in the country.