Healthcare services at the country’s two main referral hospitals are headed for another tumultuous time with Doctors threatening to paralyze operations over unpaid salaries.
The looming crisis became apparent as the doctors umbrella union, the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) stated the medics will soon stop rendering services at the two main referral hospitals in the country.
The KMPDU Secretary General (SG), Ouma Oluga said the medics are contemplating a total shut down at Kenyatta National hospital, (KNH) and Moi teaching and referral hospital, (MTRH) Eldoret if the salary delay is not addressed.
Addressing the press on Wednesday at St. Luke’s Hospital Eldoret after a meeting between KMPDU officials and medical lecturers from Moi University, Oluga said the government had failed to meet promises agreed upon in the return-to-work.
The KMPDU SG was accompanied by Dr. Daisy Korir (National Treasurer) and Dr. Richard Mogeni (Council Member) during the meeting attended by 122 lecturers and 300 registrars from Moi University.
Oluga reiterated that the specialists who were to be released to counties will not be released if the situation persists. The doctors also faulted the decision by the government to hire 100 Cuban doctors.The medics said the move was uncalled-for, as more than 1,000 local doctors are yet to be employed.
He said there was need for the government to facilitate Kenyan doctors to give services by promoting them, paying them well, training them regularly and creating a good working environment for them.
During his tour to Cuba, President Uhuru Kenya said the Caribbean doctors will help fill gaps in county hospitals to reduce the doctor-to-patient ratio.
Source: Kenya News Agency