NGOs demand end of doctors’ strike


Nairobi, KENYA: A section of Non-Governmental Organizations NGOs are calling for an amicable solution to be reached concerning the doctors’ strike.

The NGOs were concerned that an extended run of the industrial action that has reached its 66th day has devastated vulnerable and needy members of the community like low income earners, expectant women, young children and the terminally ill who require delicate management of their conditions including those living with HIV and AIDS.

Led by Dr. Francis Kuria, Executive Director Inter Religious Council, NGOs have called on the negotiating parties to put their differences aside so as to avert the crisis that looms in the public health sector.

“There should also be transparency during negotiations so that Kenyans can know who the detractor is, in these critical talks is,” Dr. Kuria added.

Faith Based Organizations represented at the event noted that achieving the highest attainable standard of health was a constitutional right to all.

“Expectant women are prone to succumbing to maternal deaths. In cases of complications it may be difficult to access caesarian section services,” said Dr. Christine Sadia, Chairperson Kenya medical Women’s Association.

On Friday, High Court ordered COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli to hold talks with the Attorney General, Council of Governors, Salaries and Remuneration Commission SRC ‎, Federation of Kenya Employers FKE , Ministry of Health, Ministry of Labour and the Ministry of Finance so as to end the strike.