Secretary General Chibanzi Mwachonda [photo: The star]
Dec, 1st 2020 – The Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentists Union says that the doctors’ strike will continue as planned.
Addressing the media, the Secretary General Chibanzi Mwachonda said that they have not received any communication from the national and county governments.
According to Mwachonda, the doctors signed two bargaining collective agreements, in 2017, where their salaries, allowances and benefits were outlined.
Speaking on Covid-19 that has claimed the lives of many people including doctors and nurses, Mwachonda said, “We will not allow any of our members anymore to undergo the painful experiences that those who have passed on over the last five months and more so in the last month be in vain.”
Among the demands from the doctors, is the provision of Medical covers.
He said, “That message is clear that the only thing that we will accept is that the comprehensive grouplet covers every single member and every single doctor in this republic of Kenya.”
He emphasized that as long as their demands will not be met, they are still on schedule for strike due seven days to come. Mwachonda said, “And we are now seven days to the expiry of the strike notice and the same game is continuing. So, continue that game, when you are done and you’ve resolved all of the matters and counties have the money that are required to implement these things, then doctors will come back and work otherwise the message is still the same. On 7th, they’ll be no doctor in the facilities.”
Kenya has lost a total of 32 doctors to Covid-19, at least 10 of them in the last two weeks.