The Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) Lower Eastern branch has called off the planned strike for all healthcare workers in Machakos County that was scheduled to begin Monday.
Doctors and Nurses in Machakos County were claiming their unpaid March salaries and lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in hospitals.
In the letter that the union sent to their members Saturday indicated that they received information that their salaries were banked on Friday 17th April 2020.
“The Union engaged with the employer amicably and settled the unpaid
salaries. We have received information that salaries were banked on Friday the 17th of April 2020, at around 4:00 PM. This ensures that the challenges of meeting daily needs have now been taken into consideration.” The letter read.
On the issue of PPE, KMPDU observed that the county issued them with a press release that they distributed PPEs in all health centres in Machakos.
“We also received a press release from the county in response to our previous notice to you that PPEs are indeed available and are in use at the various user points or already in the process of distribution. We have been invited to confirm the availability of these items. We take heed of the invite. Later on we shall give feedback to you.” The Union added.
KMPDU advised its members to continue giving the people of Machakos services as usual while ensure they use the PPEs properly to avoid risking their lives.
Machakos County Government had sought a loan facility of 900 million to be approved by Machakos County Assembly so as to enable the County Government to borrow the money from a bank to pay March salaries to employees, COVID emergencies and health workers allowances.
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