Doctors in Eldoret threaten to boycott work over insecurity

Uasin Gishu County doctors have threatened to boycott work if their security is not guaranteed.

The threat follows the murder of an intern doctor at Eldoret’s Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) in his house at Elgon View estate last Monday.

The Kenya Medical Association (KMA) Eldoret Chapter Chairman, Joseph Abuya said the Police should act fast and bring to book the killers of Dr. Boutrous Waithaka.

Addressing the press at St Lukes Hospital in Eldoret, Abuya condemned the killing of the intern doctor claiming it was not the first time a Doctor has been killed in the line of duty.

They singled out Meru, Nakuru and Eldoret as some of the areas where Doctors have been reported murdered and no arrests have been made to date, adding that they cannot remain silent when their lives were in danger.

It is unfortunate to needlessly lose the life of such a young promising Doctor, I challenged the MTRH to look at the welfare of its intern doctors, said Faith Ombuk of Kenya Medical Association women chapter.

The Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Union, KMPDU national treasurer, Dr. Daisy Korir suggested that intern doctors should stay in a secure place where their security is guaranteed.

Dr. Korir asked MTRH administration to consider allowing intern doctors to stay within the hospital compound to avoid similar circumstance that faced Dr. Waithaka who was brutally murdered by unknown people in his house at Elgon view estate.

The Hospital should look into the interns’ welfare as a matter of urgency. This idea of them staying away from hospital exposes them to risks and become targets of such heinous acts, noted Dr. Korir.

The deceased will be buried on Tuesday in his Kiambu home.

On Saturday, police killed two suspects and recovered a Cessca pistol at an estate in Eldoret. The two are believed to be part of a gang that killed the deceased.

Source: Kenya News Agency