Services in public hospitals countrywide continued to be paralysed as the health workers’ strike entered its sixth day.
Sunday, the chairman of the Kenya National Dentists Association, Dr Sultan Matendechero, maintained the strike was on, adding that the government had not engaged the workers.
He asserted that the health workers will not be intimidated by the government move to hire unlicensed people.
“The people the government is hiring have just completed school and have not even undergone tactical operations under supervision. The government is simply letting unqualified people experiment with the lives of Kenyans,” he said
He called on Kenyans not to blame health workers, adding that it was the government that had failed to play its part.
“Why is it so hard for the national government to state that it will retain personnel emolument until we have structures and a law in place to handle the health functions at counties?” he asked.
The Kenya Health Professional Association, secretary-general, Moses Lore, also blamed the government, “Nurses are already working in counties but we cannot just move into the new dispensation without clear terms, a thing the government has failed to avail,” he said.
At Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral hospital in Kisumu town, 15 accident victims have not had their festering wounds cleaned for several days.
And Kakamega County has advertised various positions in the health sector.
In Kisii, only security personnel and hospital managers were in hospitals.
At the Siaya County Hospital, doors remained closed as the patients were kept away from the facility.
In Nyeri County, private hospitals are overwhelmed by an influx of patients as public hospital gates remain closed.
The Consolata Mission Hospital in Mathari has been forced to create more room for patients who have flocked the hospital seeking treatment. Patients at the maternity ward are sharing beds.
In Tharaka Nithi, Governor Samuel Ragwa has threatened to sack casual workers who have joined the strike.
Services at the Meru Level Hospital have ground to a halt as doctors and nurses continue to protest against the devolution of health services. Patients seeking treatment at the hospital are being turned away as the strike continues.
In Kirinyaga, governor Joseph Ndathi talked of plans to employ 134 workers.
In Narok County, governor Samuel Ole Tunai, threatened to advertise heath services positions left vacant by striking medics if they will not resume duty this week.
In Makueni, health workers did not join the nationwide strike following a negotiation with the county to maintain salaries at the national government level.
In Lugari, MP Ayub Savula, supported the health workers strike, saying it was impossible to devolve medical services without procedures guiding it.
In Baringo County, members of the County Assembly said the strike had caused untold suffering to the sick. Speaker William Kamket urged striking medics to report back to duty.
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