Strike takes its toll on patients
SEE ALSO :Kisumu medics moved in shake-upTheir hard stance has seen services in 132 health facilities paralysed. Yesterday, the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU), Kenya Union of Clinical Officers (KUCO), Kenya National Union of Nurses (Knun) and Kenya Union of Laboratory Technologists staged protests demanding their salaries. Knun Kisumu branch secretary Maurice Opetu said health workers won’t sacrifice anymore for the county until they are paid. In a letter seen by The Standard dated August 15 addressed to secretary-general Knun and signed by the acting county secretary George Okongo, the official stated that the county government was making efforts to pay staff salaries for July. “We are at an advanced stage of negotiating with banks to offer emergency facilities to enable us to pay the salaries by end of this week,” read part of the letter. They are demanding July salaries and statutory deductions of three months, which have not been remitted including NHIF, pension and loans that have not been serviced since May.
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