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Vihiga doctors call off strike after talks

23 December 2013, 14:43 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - Health workers in Vihiga County have called off their strike and resumed duty as from yesterday after successful talks with the county government.

The workers opened the County hospital gates yesterday to attend to the general public after a torturing two weeks for the ailing populace.

“We have all the staffs available in the hospital and what we are waiting for is just for the patients to come so that we can attend to them,” the area medical superintendent, Francis Odira said.

The talks were led by the county executive committee member in charge of health Ms Zilpah Andiva, who said that the county had the capability of handling the situation fully.

“The county government of Vihiga is dedicated towards offering the best healthcare for our people and thus we shall treat the issues raised by the health care workers appropriately,” she said. 

A spot check at the facility indicated that patients were trooping into the hospital with a sigh of relief and being attended to by the staff, who were albeit a bit hesitant.

The union leaders in Vihiga County said that they will wait for the county governments and the national governments to come to a consensus on the way forward regarding the devolution of health services.

“We have called off the strike although the staffs are not happy yet with the decisions that have been passed. We are waiting for the county government to provide proper incentives to us so that we can be contented working in the county,” the area Union leader, Joseph Opiyo said.

He said that they were still wounded as health workers and will closely monitor the proceeds of their talks with the county government.

Health workers have been on strike for close to two weeks where many individuals have suffered without proper health care.


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