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Doctors threaten massive countrywide strike

03 September 2015, 09:47 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPDU) Secretary General, Ouma Oluga has urged health workers in the country to come together to solve problems ailing the sector.

He cautioned the medical practitioners and health workers that unless they come together, they won’t be able to solve the challenges facing the health sector in the 47 counties.      

"Let medical practitioners and health workers get their priorities right," Oluga said and urged them.           

He spoke at the 19th Annual Association of Medical Councils of Africa Conference at the Sarova Whitesands Beach hotel in Mombasa County Wednesday.

The KMPDU boss said that health workers in several counties are on strike due to delayed salaries and challenged the government to ensure they are paid in good time.

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He also noted that healthcare is the backbone of the economy which can create employment opportunities to the community.

"A survey indicates that 60 percent of the country's revenue collection is from the medical practitioners and medical health workers,’’ he disclosed.

Dr Oluga urged the national government to come up with better ways of running the sector to avoid its devolution.   

He pointed out that healthcare is faced with problems due to the way workers have been handled.

"Let the national and County governments stop the blame-game in the handling of human resources in healthcare,’’ he cautioned.

The KMPDU boss said they are tired of seeing patients dying and health workers not paid in good time.

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