KMPDU Secretary General Dr. Chibanzi Mwachonda [photo: The Star]
Dec, 3rd 2020 – Health workers including clinical officers, Nurses and lab techs have vowed to continue with their strike,
until the ministry of health looks into their woes.
On Wednesday, the workers demonstrated at parliament buildings and presented their petitions. In a document received by Seme MP James Nyikal, the healthcare workers have faulted the health ministry for failing to heed to their plight since they are in the forefront battle against the pandemic.
The strike has been slated for Monday after Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe and his colleagues from the National treasury and ministry of health failed to show up for the meeting. Yesterday was the third meeting within the three week’s notice that was issued, which expires on the 6th of December.
Cheregany Member of Parliament Joshua Kutuny asked the doctors to consider extending the strike notice by 14 days so as to find a resolution. He said, “We have to reschedule the meeting so that the key stakeholders, Ministry of Health and National Treasury, are around We need to give room for discussion. We are here and we will stand with you. “
However, Dr. Chibanzi Mwachonda, KMPDU Secretary General told the committee that the decision to extend the strike notice lies with the Union’s National Advisory Council. During the Tuesday presser, he said, “From the engagements we’ve had, there is now a tune that they want more time beyond the timelines that had been given by the Parliamentary Health Committee, that is why we’re saying there’s no more time because it’s about our lives, it’s about the soldiers who are on the frontline.”
Dr. Samuel Oroko, the union chair on his part said, “I want to remind the government that the healthcare workers you’re trying to mistreat, the healthcare workers you’re not listening to, are the same ones who treat you when you go to the hospitals, are the same ones who take care of you in your various homes.”
“We know some governors have bought ventilators and created ICUs in their own bedrooms, Kenyans, I want to tell you that you’re on your own, the government doesn’t care for you anymore,” he added.
Mwachonda noted that nurses and clinical officers are still not able to access Personal Protective Equipment and they are still not covered in the event one dies from Covid-19 in the line of duty. “So come Monday, no doctor will be at
work, the strike is still on until issues are resolved,” he said.