Nairobi City Officials Threaten To Replace Striking Doctors With Quacks And Interns

Nairobi Doctors recently started an industrial strike on the 11th of September to protest their unfair treatment by city officials.

The Doctors’ Union have decided to protest against delayed promotions, unpaid allowances, as well as relevant increase, and a better working environment.

Health executive Bernard Muia called the strike illegal because of the agreement struck between the doctors union and the county.

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According to Mr Muia, the two parties had agreed to put off the strike by two weeks on the 9th of September so that issues which were raised could be attended to.

The Kenya Medical Practitioners Dentist Union secretary general Ouma Oluga voiced the anger of the medical practitioners, saying that the county was not acting on their issues.

Oluga said:

”We have tried to use diplomatic means to solve these problems. We have held five meetings with the county and written several letters since April, but no action has been taken.

”We are on strike, that is it. City Hall has not addressed any of the issues we raised. Let them sleep, when they wake up let them resolve the issues presented to them.”

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Nairobi county has threatened disciplinary action against the doctors if the strike is not suspended. They will also be hiring part-time doctors and interns to replace the striking medics.

The city county’s assembly health committee has however said it will not allow City Hall replace the medics.

Chairman Manoah Mboku accused City Hall of frustrating its works, saying the doctors were within their rights to demand their unpaid salaries.

The health sector gets majority of Nairobi county’s 2016-17 budget (KSh 6.5 billion of KSh 35 billion).

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Meanwhile, Kiambu health executive John Mwangi is complaining as well as politicizing the influx of patients into his county due to the strike.

”I call upon Kiambu residents to bear with us on the long queues in our hospital due to the influx of patients. We believe this is due to the good services being offered in hospitals here” Mwangi said.