Doctors Strike 2nd Day; Medics To Continue The Strike Until Gov’t Meets Their Demands

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Cases of deaths and agony have been reported in various parts of the country as provision of healthcare in public hospitals remained paralyzed for the second day as doctors continued with their strike in a row with Government over new contracts.

The industrial action by the nearly 5,000 doctors, clinicians, pharmacist, dentists and other health professional affected service delivery at over 2,700 public health facilities as patients seeking treatment were turned away and referred to privately owned health facilities.

On Tuesday, the union officials were held up in a closed door meeting with the Ministry of Health officials in a bid to resolve the impasse that has led to suffering of patients in public institutions.

Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Doctors Union (KMPPDU) Chairman Samuel Osoro insisted that the medics will continue with their strike until government meets their demands.

“No amount of intimidation, no amount of propaganda will make us change our determination. We have heard lots and lots of dialogue and we are saying dialogue has to come to an end and we have to take action, and the action is doctors in Kenya will remain on strike until CBA is implemented,” he declared.