Health services in Meru County face paralysis if health workers make good on their threat to go on strike on April 3.
Union officials said workers have not been paid their February salaries and workers were adamant that they were not ready to place themselves at greater risk without due financial compensation.
The officials warned patients to stay away if the workers will not be paid by then.
Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Union (KMPDU) Upper Eastern Region Chairman Dennis Mugendi said it was not fair to treat health workers that way as they were on the frontline against a deadly virus.
“We are being told that one of the best ways to fight it is high immunity and that is why we don’t want to work on empty stomachs. We are asking our medics to stay at home,” Mugendi said.
Officials claimed that they have been warned by financial institutions over un-serviced loans and nonpayment of other statutory deductions.
The health workers also claimed that Meru Clinical Officers’ Secretary-General Moses Baiyenia was suspended indefinitely without salary for allegedly speaking to the press over their grievances.
Additionally, Pharmacy Union Secretary General Elias Mutuma said it was discouraging that while their county had not paid their February salaries, other counties were even paying their staff risk and special allowances in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The threat represents a potential setback to the county which has not yet recorded a case of the deadly coronavirus.
Source(s): Daily Nation
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