Doctors call off strike after deal with county

County secretary Olang'o Onudi and Dr Kevin Osuri during the signing of the Return-to-work formula. [Standard]

Doctors in Kisumu have called off their strike following an agreement with the county government.

The agreement with the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU), which address promotions, National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) cover, statutory deductions and study leave, was reached following continuous engagement after three days of stalemate.  

KMPDU Nyanza chairman Kevin Osuri said the two parties had signed a return-to-work formula.

“We ask all doctors in the county to resume work immediately so that health and provision of health services can continue uninterrupted,” said Dr Osuri.

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The agreement will see the county government setting aside Sh250 million to effect all promotions.

The county government confirmed it had paid for comprehensive health insurance under NHIF for all doctors effective July 1.

The doctors will be granted study leave and the county government promised to pay all pending statutory deductions by June 30.

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Acting Health Executive Nerry Achar said the county administration will implement the agreement without hesitation.

“With the cost element, we have factored in money to ensure that we honour this agreement,” said Achar.

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