Covid-19 at war as health workers theaten to strike

Covid-19 at war as health workers theaten to strike

Health professionals asking for improved working conditions could paralyze operations in hospitals and quarantine centers at a time when the country is battling the Covid-19 pandemic.

Nurses, clinical officers, pharmaceutical technicians, and other cadres of the health workforce are asking the national and county governments to enhance their safety and welfare. Their umbrella organization, the Kenya Health Professionals Society (KHPS), is set to issue a strike notice tomorrow 29th April 2020 as a measure of last resort to have the workers’ grievances addressed.

The workers said they “want what everyone else wants,” during the worst pandemic of the century.

Recently, President Uhuru Kenyatta released Sh2.66 billion to the Ministry of Health, saying part of this money would go towards the welfare of health workers, including insurance, to deal with the negative impact of the disease.

Yesterday 27th April 2020, representatives of the workers accused the government of taking their safety casually.  Some 10 health workers have contracted the virus, with four still fighting for their lives.

This was an abnormal environment for employees to bargain over their pay and working conditions, healthcare professionals say they have been pushed to the wall.



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