Kenyan medical doctors working in authorities hospitals started a national strike on Monday over insufficient insurance coverage advantages and lack of protecting tools whereas treating COVID-19 sufferers, their union mentioned.
The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union mentioned on Twitter late on Sunday that there had been no decision of grievances raised over the past eight months.
“The Kenya authorities has uncared for the Welfare, Security & Well being of well being care employees,” the union mentioned. “No provision of medical insurance coverage, Workman harm advantages & Compensation & lack of enough high quality PPEs.”
“This significantly hampers the combat towards #COVID19 in a rustic with an acute scarcity of medical doctors,” it added.
Kenya reported 349 new circumstances of COVID-19 on Sunday, with 6 fatalities, bringing the variety of confirmed circumstances to 94,500 and the variety of deaths to 1,639, the well being ministry mentioned.
The virus has been spreading to rural areas the place the general public well being system is creaking and restricted intensive care models (ICU) are full, which has led to sufferers being turned away, medics informed Reuters this month.
Practically three quarters of Kenya’s ICU beds are within the two largest cities, Nairobi and Mombasa.
In August, medical doctors in most public hospitals within the capital Nairobi went on strike for every week to protest towards delays in wage funds and lack of protecting tools when treating sufferers who could have COVID-19.
Medical doctors working in hospitals run by regional county governments have additionally been staging strikes on and off since March over comparable grievances.
A minimum of 14 medical doctors have died of the virus because the first coronavirus case in Kenya was confirmed in March, in response to the medical doctors union. The strike had been as a result of begin on Dec. 7 however was postponed for 2 weeks to provide extra time for talks with the federal government.