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MP calls for speedy resolution of doctors’ strike

MP calls for speedy resolution of doctors’ strike

Kisumu

Thursday 14th March 2024

KNA by Chris Mahandara

Kisumu Central Member of Parliament (MP) Joshua Oron has asked the Ministry of Health to urgently engage doctors to end the nationwide strike which has crippled services at public health facilities across the country.

Oron said patients were being sent out of hospitals expressing fears that lives could be lost if the matter is not urgently addressed.

The situation, he said was dire with private health facilities which are out of reach for the majority of Kenyans threatening to go on strike over delays in payment of National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) claims.

This, he added was set to throw the health sector into disarray with an unprecedented loss of lives looming.

“Health is a very key sector in this country and we cannot afford to play games with it. The government must look for ways to end the doctor’s strike and clear all NHIF claims to ensure that no life is lost during this period,” he said.

Speaking at St. Teressa Girls Secondary School Kibuye where he launched a dormitory built by the Constituency Development Fund (CDF), Oron asked the national government to move with speed and address the two issues to restore normalcy in the sector.

The MP who was flanked by Kisumu Woman Representative Ruth Odinga said the Sh. 14 million dormitory will enhance the school’s capacity to absorb more students.

His office, he said will also purchase 100 beds for the 200-bed capacity dormitory.The school, with a total population of 600 girls, he said will now be able to enroll 200 more.

On her part, Odinga lauded the initiative saying it will go a long way in improving the quality of learning at the institution.

The school whose catchment area includes the informal settlements on Obunga, Nyalenda, and Manyatta, she said will see the girls learn in a conducive environment thus impacting positive results.

“I want to thank my colleague Oron for this noble initiative which will enhance the quality of education at this institution,” she said.

Courtesy; KNA

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