Kenyan Doctors call off nation wide strike after four days

By Simdi Gloria:-

On Thursday, Kenyan Doctors called off their nationwide strike after a government promise to address their grievances amid the challenges of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) went on strike after a notice for negotiations expired.

The strike which was on its fourth day has been called off. The strike, initially set to begin on December 7, had been suspended for 14 days to allow for dialogue.

According to the local media outlet, the nation Chibanzi Mwachonda, KMPDU’s acting Secretary-General said the agreement to suspend the strike was reached after the intervention of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“We have been engaging continuously with the government,” Mwachonda was quoted by the Nation as saying during the signing of the agreement with the government.

Some of the grievances of the union include demands for adequate medical insurance and better employment terms for doctors, the formation of a constitutional Health Services Commission, and provision of personal protective equipment among others.

Sabina Chege, the chairperson of the National Assembly health committee said the country could not risk having doctors on a go-slow during a period when there are several challenges including the COVID-19 pandemic.

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