Counties urged to fast track doctors agreement to avoid another strike

Health CS Cleophas Mailu PHOTO COURTESY

Mombasa,KENYA:The Ministry of Health has urged county governments to fast track their recognition agreements with the doctors as signed by both parties to avoid the occurrence of another strike.

Speaking to journalists during the closing ceremony of the health sector stakeholders meeting organized by the Kenya Medical Training College on Friday in Mombasa, the health CS Dr Cleopas Mailu urged the counties to facilitate their talks on the agreement which was signed before the strike was cancelled.

Mailu assured journalists that the government has committed itself by disbursing funds to all the county governments to pay the doctors and observed that the government will continue investing in human capital by training more health professionals to providing standard health services to all Kenyans.

“As the national government, we are committed to providing health professionals and quality health services to all Kenyans. I urge the counties to facilitate the talks concerning the collective bargaining agreement and the recognition agreement signed before the strike was called off.” Mailu said.

He said the county government through the council of governors to will fast track the signing of the recognition and the collective bargaining agreement after a request for postponement was agreed upon and noted that Nakuru and Nyeri counties were facing with problems of nurses and doctors because of some issues which he said should be sorted out.