Raila Intervenes in Standoff Over Medics' Strike Threat

  • ODM leader Raila Odinga speaking in Kisumu on October 22, 2020.
    ODM leader Raila Odinga speaking in Kisumu on October 22, 2020.
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  • Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Wednesday, January 6 issued a statement on the strike threat announced by clinical workers across the country.

    The strike notice issued by the clinical workers came barely a week after Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) agreed on a return to work formula with the government.

    The ODM Party Leader was shocked by the clinical officers threatening to down their tools again due to the same issues covered in the Return to Work Formula signed.

    Nurses at the KNH IDU Unit based at Mbagathi participating in a Zumba class on 28th May 2020.
    Nurses at the KNH IDU-Unit based at Mbagathi participating in a Zumba class on 28th May 2020.
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    Raila emphasized the importance of clinical workers in the health sector and questioned the timing of the planned strike.

    "Across the country, clinical officers provide most patient care where specialized treatment is not required.

    "Their threat to down tools comes just after the country released thousands of its children to schools and as the world carefully watches developments around the coronavirus and covid-19," read part of Raila's statement.

    The AU High Representative for Infrastructure Development highlighted the doctors strike in Nyamira and Migori that has been running for two months now which has not been extensively covered by the media.

    Raila noted that the country is in a period where it needs health workers on duty or on standby and not on strike or being tossed around between the two levels of government.

    An urgent appeal was also sent to the government by Raila to come to the table to avert the planned strike with Kenyans bound to suffer should the go slow happen

    "I, therefore, wish to make an urgent appeal to the two levels of government- the counties and the National Government-to immediately talk to each other and urgently bring to an end this ill-advised and ill-timed stand-off and a possible strike.

    "Kenyans must not be kept permanently on the edge and worried over matters that can be sorted out without much drama through intergovernmental discussions that the public need not know about," Raila added.

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    Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga taking a Covid-19 test at Kemri in Mbagathi on Sunday 14 June 2020.
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