President Uhuru Kenyatta has pleaded with health workers to end strike and return to negotiations with the government.
On Wednesday, health officials walked out of negotiations with the government after a court order was issued to arrest anyone from the doctors union participating in the strike.
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Industrial Court judge Helen Wasilwa issued the court order while ordering officials to appear in court next Tuesday to show cause as to why they should skip civil jail.
Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacist and Dentists Union general secretary Ouma Oluga reacted to the court order saying:
”After that court order, we do not care anymore; we are not going to negotiate anymore. They should also know that we are not going back to work. The Collective Bargaining Agreement must be implemented first.”
Oluga further warned that there would be total paralysis in the health sector next week as doctors from the private hospitals would join the strike in solidarity.
Speaking in Makindu campus while launching medical equipment, Uhuru noted that up to 20 people had lost their lives as he pleaded with health workers to end strike.
”Let us be humane and mindful of the lives of the patients. I am confident we will find a solution,” he said.
”Our doctors and nurses should know that the government is ready for negotiations and we, therefore, plead with them to be considerate of human lives. Let us not give ultimatums at the expense of close to 20 innocent lives.”
Hospitals across Kenya discharged patients at the beginning of the strike, while others left the wards because there was no one to look after them.
The president promised that Health ministry officials and governors are working round the clock to resolve the matter.