Days after the doctors went on strike, President Uhuru Kenyatta has today, Thursday December 24, 2020 intervened over their grievances that had affected the health sector across the country.
This was revealed by Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) acting Secretary-General Chibanzi Mwachonda who stated that the head of state played a key role to end the doctors’ strike.
“Doctors will provide services for you in the facilities and we continue to engage and hope that come January, we shall continue these types of engagements to ensure during the pandemic, all our doctors are assured of safety. “
On that note, I would like to declare that the strike by KMPDU has now been called off, we shall continue further engagements to follow up on all other matters that were raised in the industrial action dated 16th November,” Mwachonda stated.
This is after Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe and Labour counterpart Simon Chelugui had attended a meeting which was convened to end the health workers strike.
During the meeting, CS Kagwe praised the dialogue between his Ministry and the healthcare workers stating that the end of the doctors’ strike is a Christmas gift to Kenyans.
“This is a new way of doing things, coming to the table and clearing issues. It is a win-win situation, nobody loses in this kind of discussions.
“I’m happy that we have come to this resolution at a critical time, we were hoping to give this gift to Kenyans over Christmas and we have managed to do so,” Kagwe said.
Nurses and Clinical Officers had gone on strike in protest of lack of sufficient Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) for the war against Covid-19.