Kiminini MP Dr. Chris Wamalwa has called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to lead talks in finding a solution that will end the nurses, clinical officers and lab technician’s strike that has grounded public health services in the country.
Dr. Wamalwa said the talks should be fast tracked to end the industrial action since it has dealt a blow to the war against the Covid 19 pandemic with more cases of infections and deaths being reported countrywide.
“The buck stops with the president when it comes to protection of Kenyans’ lives. The same commitment that was accorded to doctors should be extended to other striking health workers,” he spoke at Yuya village in Cherang’any constituency.
Parliamentary hopefuls Benson Milimo (Cherang’any) and Joseph Pepela (Saboti) said the government should also prioritise vulnerable Kenyans among them healthcare providers when rolling out the Covid 19 vaccine.
“We also call on the ministry of education to ensure no student is sent home when schools open on grounds of lack of school fees since the economic hardship has affected parents across the country,” said Mr. Milimo.
Elsewhere, Kitale Catholic Diocese Bishop Maurice Crowley cautioned health cabinet secretary Mutahi Kagwe to desist from issuing threats to striking healthcare officers saying his sentiments undermine the spirit of negotiations.
“The best approach is to listen to their concerns and find a middle ground since they also have a right to fair treatment. This is not the right time to flex muscles yet lives of Kenyans are on line,” Bishop Crowley spoke in Kitale.
Nurses in Trans Nzoia vowed not to bow to threats to resume duty saying they will only call off the strike once the issues they raised are handled by the national government through their national officials.
“We have received several threats from the county government of Trans Nzoia but we are telling them that we will only receive orders from the national officials,” said the Kenya National union of Nurses secretary in Trans Nzoia Willy Sifuna.