• April 20, 2024
  • Last Update April 20, 2024 7:31 PM
  • Nairobi

‘Nakhumicha must go,’ doctors chant as they protest

Health

By Peter Ochieng

Striking doctors want to see the back of Health Cabinet Secretary (CS) Susan Nakhumicha.


“Nakhumicha must go,” they chanted as they protested at Afya House, the Ministry’s headquarters in Nairobi on Friday.


They carried placards with messages seeking to drive their point home. “It is the government on strike, not doctors,” read one of them.


Doctors have been on strike for a over a week, to push for among others, better pay and the posting of medical interns.


They insist they will not go back to work, until their demands are met. Efforts by the government to find a consensus with the striking doctors are yet to bear fruit.


Doctors have been angered by CS Nakhumicha’s claim, that interns can work without payment.
While being interviewed on KTN news this week, the CS said it is not a must interns be paid, since they are still students.


Earlier this week, Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) Secretary General Davji Atellah, said they will not go back to work, based on ’empty promises’ from the government.


“We just want to affirm that our strike is on. We had a meeting with the ministry led by the CS. I must appreciate that there is understanding that the issues that we are advocating for are pending,” Atellah said.


He said issues such as the posting of interns had been on the table for long, adding that despite previous promises to post the interns, nothing has been done to date.


CS Nakhumicha said the ministry had agreed to begin posting interns from April 1, 2024 after receiving a confirmation from the Treasury that funds will be released.

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