Medical crisis in Nairobi as doctors strike begins

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Dr. Thuranira Kaugiria, an official from the Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentists’ Union (KMPDU), made the announcement on Thursday.

“They need to address our grievances and stop making empty promises. They also need to stop threatening me. They are following me everywhere I go. I can even see them downstairs. But I will not stop demanding for doctors to get adequate PPEs, salaries paid on time, medical cover and designated isolation centres,” Dr. Kaugiria told Citizen Digital on phone on Thursday evening.

NMS had held talks with the union officials earlier in the afternoon seeking to avert the planned doctors strike.

However, the two parties failed to reach an agreement following proposals to have concerns raised addressed after a month.

“They are promising heaven but we live on earth!” said Dr. Kaugiria who serves as the Secretary of the KMPDU Nairobi Chapter.

According to KMPDU, doctors working in Nairobi County have had no medical cover since July 1, 2020.