April 20, 2019

Negotiations aimed at ending doctors’ strike begin Thursday

Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) Secretary General Ouma Oluga reiterated on Wednesday (15/02/17), the urge is still on to find solutions towards streamligning the Kenyan health sector.

“I think it is important that the government knows that it is time for a solution but that solution must be based on the 2013 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). It is time that Kenyans get back their health sector,” Dr Oluga said.

Oluga added that parties involved in negotiations must focus on alleviating the pain Kenyans have undergone in public hospitals for the past 10 weeks while seeking medical services.

“We’re not of little minds. The government is not of little minds. We must sit down, engage and come up with a solution. The focus is to improve the health sector. Kenyans have suffered enough,” he said.

A jovial Dr Oluga surprised many when he said that prison was a second home where he could help prisoners when they needed him.

“For me, I was born in the most humble walks of life. I don’t have wealthy connections. The life inside here (Kamiti Maximum Prison) is so familiar to my background. Prisoners are humans too, they need help too. There are so many people in here who have never broken the law. We found a new reason to help; even themselves, they don’t have the doctors. I came face to face with people who needed me. If I stayed here longer, the prisoners would have been happier to have the doctor in me,” said Oluga.

He was speaking after his release from the Kamiti Maximum Security Prison following an order by the Court of Appeal.

Other officials who walked to freedom include KMPDU Chairman Samuel Oroko, Daisy Korir, Evelyne Chege, Allan Ochanji, Mwachonda Chibandzi and Titus Ondoro.

Negotiations aimed at ending the two-month doctors’ strike will be jump-started on Thursday (16/2/2017) morning.

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