The Kisumu County Government under the leadership of Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o has directed all striking medics to resume work by Saturday December 26, 2020 failure to which they will be fired.
According to Governor Nyong’o, medic who will not resume work by Saturday will be considered to have resigned from their posts.
"We call upon the health workers to come back to work by latest Saturday, anybody who doesn't come back to work will have been deemed to have voluntary abandon their position," he said.
According to the governor, it is unethical for the medics to down their tools at time when the coronavirus pandemic is still rife in the country.
Meanwhile, doctors working in government hospitals on Monday December 21, 2020 launched a nationwide strike citing poor insurance benefits and lack of protective equipment (PPEs) while treating COVID-19 patients.
“The Kenya government has neglected the Welfare, Safety and Health of health care workers. No provision of medical insurance, Workman injury benefits and Compensation and lack of adequate quality PPEs. Healthcare workers have died and now facing threats of sacking for protesting.
“The grievances raised have not been resolved for the past 8 months, efforts to mediate the stalemate between the health unions by the National Assembly and Senate have failed. This greatly hampers the fight against #COVID19 in a country with an acute shortage of doctors,” the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union posted on Twitter.