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Doctors’ Union Issues Strike Notice to Six Counties Over Delayed Salaries

by Zablon Ondari
2 mins read

The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists’ Union (KMPDU) has issued a seven-day strike notice over the delayed payment of health workers’ salaries in six counties.

According to the KMPDU Secretary-General, Dr Davji Atella, health workers have not been paid for two months in Meru, Kisii, Garissa, Murang’a, Taita-Taveta, and Embu.

“It has come to our attention that many counties have openly disregarded the payment of salaries to doctors and other healthcare workers and some go even up to two months. It is not a threat, it is a warning and doctors will be out of work if these salaries are not released immediately,” Dr Atella was quoted as saying by Citizen Digital.

“You cannot expect doctors and other healthcare workers to be at the hospital treating patients when they themselves are patients because they have not eaten due to no salaries.”

Dr Atella also raised concern about over 7,000 doctors who have not been hired for more than five years with county governments only hiring 10 per cent of those who graduate.

The doctors now want any stimulus packages requested by governors to be directed towards increasing the availability of drugs in hospitals, improving health institutions as well as the workforce in those institutions bolstered.

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