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Relief to Kenyans as clinical officers end strike

Clinical officers have ended their nationwide strike after striking an agreement with the Ministry of Health.

The Kenya Union of Clinical Officers Secretary-General George Gibore announced on Friday that they have agreed to end their strike, calling upon its members to resume their duty within the next 24 hours.

This is a sigh of relief to Kenyans, with the strike having paralysed the country’s health system for the last 26 days.

Heath CS Mutahi Kagwe said that the government is committed to providing health services and ensuring the welfare of health workers because “they are our frontline soldiers in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.”

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“We want to ask the other workers striking to hasten their stakeholder negotiations and return to work as soon as possible,” Kagwe said

CS Kagwe also added that the government has issued protocols on how to reopen schools and the protocols to be followed when the children are in schools. Teachers have been asked to take seriously containment measures in the schools in order to curb the spread of the novel virus.

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Kagwe reiterated CS George Magoha’s assertion that teachers can hold classes outside if there’s limited space for social distancing inside classrooms.

“Frontline workers, students, teachers, police, health workers could be the first to be offered COVID-19 vaccine when it arrives. Hopefully the vaccine will be here by end of February,” he said.

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