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Nyeri doctors to strike over KES 24 million salary arrears

20 August 2015, 12:13 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - Doctors working in hospitals within Nyeri County have threatened to withdraw their services over KES 24 million salary arrears owed by the local County Government.

The Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPDU) has said that the 60 doctors have not been paid since April this year.

KMPDU national chairman, Samuel Orako accused the Nyeri County Government of mishandling the human resource issues of health sector.

He issued a one-week ultimatum for the government to address the issues which include delayed promotions.

“The health sector is collapsing because the County government has failed in management. We shall not report to work if they will not have paid our salaries and allowances,” said Orako during a press conference at Annbel Hotel, Nyeri town.

He noted that the union has held countless meetings with County leaders but no conclusions have been achieved.

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He complained that the Health Sector was not suppose to be devolved to Counties.

“Other developed countries where devolution has worked did not devolve health in a day but they did it in phases. In Kenya, health was devolved hazardously,” he noted.

He asked the Parliament and Senate Committees on Health to enact laws requiring national government to handle the human resource department in the health sector.

“Governors are playing politics with Public health just because they do not seek services from public institutions. Our services are sought by common mwananchi who is not rich and does not have wealthy insurance schemes,” Orako stated.

He further complained that Nyeri hospitals have no drugs as he stated that County officials were buying substandard medicines.

“Patients are not getting food or tea. The situation is worse,” he said.

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