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Medical Practitioners Threaten to Strike

Medical practitioners in Kenya, through their officials in the seven unions, have issued a 21-day strike notice to the government if it fails to implement their requests. Some of these requests is for the government to ensure that these workers have conducive working environments and the need for them to be  provided with adequate PPEs to protect themselves when handling patients. This is after the Kenya Health Professionals Society that comprises of 7 unions, and having 17 departments of work in the health sector, said that workers in the medical sector have been having meetings and discussions with the government for their demands to be put to practice but the government has failed to do so.

The Kenya Union of Clinical Officers (KUCO) together with other unions, through the secretary of KUCO,George Gibore, said that workers in the medical sector, through their unions, have reached the decision after their discussion with the government failed to bear any fruits. Gibore has also added that on 18th of May, the labor C.S Simon Kiprono, initiated talks with workers in the medical sector but till now, no agreement has been reached. They have therefore given the government till 9th of next month to meet their desires. He also added that counties such as Vihiga,Kirinyaga,Meru,Lamu,Migori,Busia,Uasin Gishu,Nakuru and Homabay have failed to pay their medical workers. They feel that by striking, the government might put their requests into consideration, as that is the language the Kenyan government understands better when workers are seeking their rights.

They also want the government to remain true to their words, especially when it comes to the promises they have always made to health care workers.



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