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Sigh of relief as doctors suspend strike for 14 days

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The  Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentists’ Union has called off their strike which was meant to start tomorrow.

Acting Secretary General Dr Chibanzi Mwachonda said the move was meant to allow for dialogue. “If the issues will remain unsolved upon the lapse of 14 days, the strike will commence on December 21st, 2020,” he said in a statement.

The KMPDU letter calling off the strike which was meant to start tomorrow December 7.

He said the decision to suspend the strike was arrived at after a meeting by the National Advisory Council. “KMPDU has considered the request by the Senate and National Assembly Health Committees,” added Dr Mwachonda. “We acknowledge the goodwill of the Kenyan doctors and the public. KMPDU looks forward to the meetings set for the 9th and 10th December by the Senate and National Assembly Health committees respectively.

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Slew of Demands

KMPDU has made several demands to the government. They include employment of 2,350 doctors, more personal protection equipment as they tackle Covid-19, medical insurance, risk allowance and payment of all overdue salaries and allowances.

Other demands are reinstatement of all sacked doctors in Laikipia and Kirinyaga counties, formation of a Health Services Commission and permanent employment of all doctors on contract.

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