A group of health workers has threatened to go on strike Monday citing lack of funding and personal protective equipment for Covid-19 frontline health workers.
The medics claim the government has failed to conduct mass testing of health workers attending to Coronavirus patients exposing them to risk of transmitting the virus to their families and community.
The Kenya National Union of Clinical Officers, Kenya Health Professional Society and the Kenya Laboratories Technologies have vowed to down their tools Monday should the government fail to address their concerns.
They accused the said the national and county governments of sidelining them during this period of the Coronavirus pandemic pointing out that they are yet to benefit from the special allowances allocated to their colleagues.
Kenya National Clinical Union Chairman Peterson Wachira said it was saddening that they are not being treated like forefront soldiers besides being subjected to poor working conditions.
Addressing the press Thursday during the daily Covid-19 briefing, Health CAS Mercy Mwangangi said that they are in talks with the health workers to resolve their concerns before Monday.
“With regard to their strike, let me reiterate by saying and we have said it again that healthcare workers are basically the heartbeat of this response and so we are in discussions and negotiations with them to evaluate their concerns and to be able to come to a middle ground ….the Ministry is in discussion with different healthcare worker groups to look at how this can be averted” she stated. “
She assured them of government’s support adding they will be supplied with protection gear even as the World Vision donated 11,000 PPEs to boost the protection of our healthcare workers.
Health director Dr Patrick Amoth said they are working on a comprehensive package without discriminating any cadre whatsoever.
Even with the assurance, the unions want the ministry of health to recognize their role in the fight against Coronavirus in the country.
They also want contractual employees to be employed on a permanent basis to create stability in the health sector.