Failure To Rnd Nurses' Strike To Blame For Cholera Outbreak - KMPDU
The government's failure to deal with the nurses strike has led to rising cases of cholera, doctors have said.
Fourteen people have died from cholera since January and 1,216 in 12 counties are infected, public health officers have reported.
Nairobi and Garissa are most affected, the Association of Public Health Officers of Kenya said last Thursday.
With the nurses strike on its 49th day, most public health facilities are not fully operational.
KMPDU secretary general Ouma Oluga has expressed shock that no senior State official has shown intent to discuss the CBA with the nurses.
"It is the same government that promised the nurses the CBA, now it is becoming difficult to implement it. This spells doom for the health sector," he said on Saturday.
He said doctors are unable to handle the rising cases in hospitals, adding that the issue should be handled without political interference.
Oluga also blamed the government of failing to avert cholera outbreaks.
"We are not seeing a massive campaign to stop the disease from spreading, no education and we are yet to see officials spraying areas where it was first reported," he said.
The union secretary general asked the government to absorb the 1,000 intern doctors to address the current staff crisis.
He said the doctors, who have been waiting since April, are ready to start offering services to cover the shortage of medical professionals.
"This will only require Sh1.3 billion annually and if the government is serious in bridging the gap, the interns should be hired immediately instead of looking for doctors from Tanzania and other areas," he said.
Cotu secretary general Francis Atwoli also chided the government for neglecting their mandate in ensuring labour disputes are settled amicably.
"Government is not about politicians but senior officers including Cabinet Secretaries who wake up daily to go to work but have failed to do their mandate".
He took issue with senior Labour ministry officers for doing nothing to ensure the nurses' issue is settled.
"We now have a sluggish Civil Service that is letting down their bosses who are busy looking for jobs all over and should be held responsible," he said.
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