Kwale, KENYA: Doctors, nurses and pharmacists in Kwale county have joined other medics in the ongoing national strike to push for salary increase.
Medical services at Kwale Sub-county hospital were on Monday paralyzed as the nationwide doctors and nurses strike commenced.
Some of the patients had to be sent back home while others lay on the hospital benches unattended to.
Kwale hospital Health Administrative Officer Mr. Alex Mutungi confirmed that the strike is on and doctors will only attend to emergencies.
“We are going to have a meeting with the county health director that is when we will have full information of the situation but for now the strike is on,” Mr. Mutungi said.
Nurse officer in charge Mr. Ali Moyo said only maternity emergencies and critical conditions for the in-patient will be addressed, but the others will be issued with drugs and discharged.
“Patients that are not that critical will be discharged and given drugs to use at home since we cannot leave them here unattended,” Mr. Moyo said.
Mr. Hassan Ramadhan who had come to pick high blood pressure drugs for his father, was distressed after being unattended to due to the strike.
“I have come all the way from Ngo’mbeni only to be told I cannot be served yet my father needs the drugs for his well-being,” he said.
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In the ward section, Ms. Mwanaidi Muta who was admitted for a month with her ailing son was forced to go home, even after the patient had not fully recovered.
“We have been discharged though my son is still sick. I don’t know what to do with him at home and I don’t have money to take him to a private hospital,” she said sadly.
Efforts by Baraka FM to reach the County Executive for health and the Chief Officer in charge for a comment were in vain, as both were not in office.