Striking nurses and clinical officers in Machakos leave patients unattended

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Unattended patients at the waiting bay of Machakos level 5 waiting for treatment after nurses and clinical officers at the facility downed their tools Monday. (Photo credit - Juline/Mauvoo)

Striking nurses and clinical officers in Machakos level 5 hospital downed their tools on Monday paralyzing operations in the hospital where many patients were left unattended and forced to seek treatment mostly in nearby private facilities.

About 30 pregnant mothers in Machakos Level 5 were left on Monday stranded without knowing what to do since most of the nurses were nowhere to be seen.

In Matungulu Subcounty many patients were seen flocking private clinics as the public hospitals were not offering any services where the patients who did not have money went home to wait till the strike was over.

This comes despite Machakos Governor Mutua saying that the health system in Machakos was well managed with all the doctors receiving their salary and allowances and all their insurances covered.

Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentist Union on Sunday issued a letter suspending the strike for 14 days so that they can have a dialogue with the senate and the national assembly over the grievances of the medical practitioners.

“The national advisory council has met and deliberated upon the plight of the doctors in the country and the planned industrial action on Monday 7th December 2020. KMPDU has considered the request by the National Assembly and Senate Health Committees and resolves to suspend the strike notice for 14 days and allow for dialogue, if the issues raised will not be resolved the strike commences on 21st December 2020, and all members are advised not to endanger their lives where there are no PPEs,” read the letter in part.

Clinical officers and nurses however made good their threat to go on strike paralyzing operations in public hospitals.

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