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Governors confirm cancellation of looming health workers strike

26 August 2015, 09:34 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Governors confirmed to a Parliamentary committee that the health workers strike which had paralyzed access to health services in counties had been called off.

The Council of Governors (CoG) members who appeared before the National Assembly’s Health committee chaired by Rachael Nyamae (Kituyi South) accused the National Government’s Treasury of contributing to the health workers’ go-slow that led to deaths of many patients who were unattended to.

The CoG County health committee chairman, Jack Ranguma (Kisumu) and his Labour and Social Welfare counterpart, James Ongwae (Kisii) alongside governors Isaac Ruto (Bomet), Paul Chepkwony (Kericho) and Samuel Ragwa (Tharaka-Nithi) blamed the Treasury for delaying the release of County funds to pay health workers and other personnel leading to witnessed strikes.

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"We can confirm to Kenyans that the salaries delays, which led to healthcare paralysis have since been resolved. The doctors and nurses are back to work," said Ranguma.

"I call on the public seeking medical services in the County health facilities to do so. We want to shelve this notion that there are no services in public hospitals. The medical personnel have resumed work and providing efficient services as before," he added.

Governor Ongwae revealed that Treasury released funds one and a half weeks ago.

"The delayed salaries are a matter that is beyond the County governments. It affected everyone in the County and we have commenced payments now. The government should work on modalities to ensure a smooth transition after the closure of the financial year," appealed Ongwae.

MPs in the Health committee raised concerns that the frequent strikes were killing the health sector in counties and stressed on employee satisfaction.

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