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Looming doctor’s strike in Kenya.

By Susan Njire

A looming strike by doctors demanding better working conditions could paralyse operations in hospitals and quarantine centres if Nairobi county does not fulfill their demands. Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacist and Dentists Union  (KPDU) says doctors working in Nairobi county have not been provided with comprehensive Medical insurance cover since July.

They say the quality of PPEs delivered to hospitals is wanting forcing health Care workers to improvise. The strike notice comes at a time when the medical fraternity has lost yet another doctor.Dr.Ndambuki Mboloi,a senior pulmonologist is the second doctor and the ninth medic to die due to Corona virus complications.

They have issued a seven day strike notice and is asking the county government to enhance their safety and welfare as they work to fight the covid-19 pandemic. Speaking during a press conference. Dr.Thuranira Kaugiria Nairobi branch secretary said that they have not been provided with comprehensive Medical insurance cover since July.This makes doctors who have been admitted in hospitals to foot their bills out of pocket or solicit funds from fellow medics.

As per the collective bargaining agreement signed and registered in court,all doctors are entitled to a comprehensive Medical cover. The medics also are accusing the the government of taking their safety for granted. Should the doctors go on strike, Medical services in the capital will grind to a halt at this critical time.

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