Dec, 8th 2020 – The health workers strike has entered its second day despite Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Union’s stand to suspend the strike till the 21st of this month to allow for dialogue.
Nurses and Clinicians yesterday made good their threat to boycott work over the poor working conditions.
Patients have been left stranded as there is no medical assistance provided in various hospitals.
Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) Secretary General Seth Panyako said that 23,000 nurses had downed their tools and will only resume duty once their demands are met.
Panyako added that they will not suspend the strike like the doctors as the government has shown no commitment in addressing their grievances.
The Kenya National Union of Nurses now wants the families of 26 nurses, who succumbed to CoronaVirus, compensated.
They are further seeking adequate provision of Peraonal Protective Equipment (PPE’s), payment of their salaries as well as inclusion in medical insurance covers especially during this time of the pandemic.
However, Lee Kinyanjui, Nakuru governor said that the county has met over 90 percent of the demands by healthcare workers.
In a statement he added that the county had met all the hospital bills for Medical staff who contracted Covid-19.
He also added that quality PPEs have been supplied to all hospitals. Peterson Wachira, Kenya Union of Clinical Officers chairman rubbished the governor’s statements saying that their demands have not been met yet.
He dismissed the governor’s claims of quality PPEs saying that the increased infections would not be evident if the PPEs were of good quality.
In a telephone interview, Wachira dismissed the governor on saying that the hospital bills were paid.
He said, “The governor says they have offset medical bills of healthcare providers, but this is not our demand. We want to be provided with a health cover that will enable us receive quality healthcare without begging the county.”
The union also demands an increased pay to cushion clinical officers from financial constraints, an additional 3000 recruitment of clinical officers on permanent and pensionable terms, promotion and payment of their arrears and a provision of a constitutional health commission.