Mombasa County health officers down their tools to demand allowances

Striking Mombasa County health workers outside the county offices on Thursday 23rd February 2017. PHOTO: WYCLIF OKUMU.

Mombasa, KENYA: Health services at Coast General Hospital were paralyzed on Thursday after Mombasa County health officers downed their tools to protest over salary disparity in the sector.

The clinical officers feel they are being discriminated after they were not considered in the deal that saw doctors and nurses given call and health services allowances by the government.

According to the health workers, another pressing issue is the agreement which granted medical interns and degree holders Sh208,000 and Sh30,00 respectively while clinicians interns are not being paid anything.

The cadres from 17 different departments among them specialties from medicine, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology and community health, matched to the Governors’ offices to present their grievances.

Mombasa County Secretary Francis Thoya’s attempt to convince them to return to work while their demands are being addressed, bore no fruits as the health officers vowed to stay put until their complaints are adhered to.

Thoya who spoke on behalf of Governor Hassan Joho who is currently outside the country, promised that the county government will iron out the teething issues after holding talks with their representatives.

‘’We have received your grievances, we are going to hold discussions with your representatives and I can promise you that we will find a better solution,’’ he said.

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