Clinician Dr Said Omar succumbed to COVID-19; that’s third frontline healthcare workers to have died from the virus since Friday night. 

Kidney specialist Dr Anthony Were Omolo passed away on Friday, dental surgeon Dr Nira Patel passed away Saturday.

" This is so painful right now losing our senior colleague clinician from Kibra doctor Saidi (Omar Said) formerly of AMREF and recently moved to Dr Osur Hospital in Kajiado, " Lancet CEO Dr Ahmed Kalebi said.

Clinician Dr Said Omar photo


He contracted SARS-COV-2 recently in the line of duty attending to his patients in Kajiado and was admitted at the Nairobi Hospital a few days ago with severe COVID-19 affecting his lungs.

"Despite his critical condition,  he still managed to communicate to us his colleagues from Kibra, asking for prayers and preparing us for the eventuality knowing his situation. He even sent us his photo while in isolation in ICU on high-flow oxygen - all along knowing he was bidding us farewell, " he added.

" A few times I have interacted with medical colleagues who are terminally ill, it is an awakening experience to see them in their realization communicating their deep understanding of their situation, " he said.

" Dr Saidi knew and was at peace when we spoke this morning. He was a great clinician and remained a great mentor right to the very end, " he added.

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