Trans Nzoia: Health paralysis looms over salary delays

The public healthcare system in Trans Nzoia is set to face a paralysis starting Monday September 20, 2021 if the area county government fails to pay three months’ salary arrears owed to health workers.

The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) has already indicated that its members will begin a go slow if the administration would have not made their terms by then.

“Our members have been so patient for the last three months where they have been offering services without pay. They will only handle critical cases if they would have been paid by Monday,” said the union’s North Rift secretary Dr. Kamonzi Mulei.

Dr. Mulei also accused the county government of diverting union dues that have accrued to sh 5 million with calls on state investigative agencies to get to the bottom of the matter to have the funds recovered.

The union’s chairman in the region Dr. Darwin Ambuka accused the county government of breaching a 2017 return to work agreement that stipulated that payment of salaries should be done by 5th of every month.

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KMPDU’s liaison officer in Trans Nzoia Dr. Zaietuni Akajoroit said Doctors are finding it difficult to meet their basic needs owing to the delay in salaries with most of them resorting to disposing of their valuables to survive.

“We have families that dependent on us yet we are unable to meet their basic needs. Some of our members can’t even access loans since they have been blacklisted by the credit reference bureau CRB over defaults,: said Dr. Akajoroit

The region’s officials of the Kenya National union of nurses and those of the Kenya Clinical Officers’ Association have also threatened to begin a go slow on Monday if they don’t receive their salaries by then.

“We have been taken for granted by the county government which has been diverting money meant for salaries towards payment of contractors. We will not offer services by Monday if we are not paid,” said KNUN Branch secretary Willy Sifuna.