Jan, 18th 2021 – Kenya Union of Clinical Officers (KUCO), has assured its members will remain on strike until the council of governors heed their demands for increased allowances and enhanced health cover through National Health Insurance Funds (NHIF).
Their statement to the media came after labor cabinet secretary, Simon Chelugui said, the government is close to realizing a deal to end the health workers strike.
Governors have remained adamant since the beginning of the year, to sign a return to work formula that would be the final link to sending the health workers back to work.
Chelugui on his part has urged counties to join hands and solve the issue of strike with the clinical officers. He added that they have been in engagement and talks with the doctors.
KUCO secretary general George Gibore lamented that doctors were heard, but the pleas of the clinical officers have fallen on deaf ears.
Gibore said, “Their refusal to sign the return to work with KUCO and KNUN, a similar return to work with the KMPDU is a clear display of discrimination, bias and lack of goodwill.”
Acting Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Union (KMPDU) Secretary General Chibanzi Mwachonda through a circular said that the council of governors have until the end of February to approve a comprehensive group life, medical insurance and address issues where monies for NHIF are deducted but fail to reflect in the National insurer.