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Doctors take to the streets over poor working conditions, delayed salaries

Doctors led by the Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) have taken to the streets to protest the unreliable public health system, which they say is affecting the quality of healthcare in the country. They also decried non-payment of salaries for the past three months.

The doctors have also cited a lack of medical resources such as drugs and sufficient medical staff.

“Kenya committed in the first health forum that it will pay health workers and 10 years later we are worse. Skills of service mean nothing to the government. What harm did the doctors do for the county to abandon them,”Davji Atella KMPDU Secretary General said.

Atellah added that the country’s health system has not been devolved, alleging that the only thing that has been devolved is corruption and sexual harassment in the sector.

Health Cabinet Secretary Susan Nakhumicha agreed to meet with the striking doctors. She admitted that the country’s health system needs to be overhauled and asked the doctors to give her time to consider the petition they had handed her.

“I have to relay it to many people too then we come to a table agreement. I see you will take one to COG and 90% of you work under the county,”Nakhumicha said.

This comes a month after Embu doctors issued a 21-day strike notice, accusing the county government of poor working environment, lack of drugs in hospitals and equipment.

Addressing the press in Embu town, the doctors said they were tired of pleading with the county leadership to improve their working environment, saying they had reached their limit.

Video by Hellen Aura

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