The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) Trans Nzoia branch have downed their tools due to unmet obligations by their employer.
Speaking during the press release at Kitale county referral hospital Tuesday a member of KMDU Dr. Moses Okumu said that the county government of Trans Nzoia had failed to resolve their demands as agreed in the past.
“We are here to present the grievances of Trans Nzoia doctors mainly issues with promotion, NHIF remittance since May and perennial delay of salaries,” he said.
Among other grievances raised include stagnation of some doctors with some staying on the same job group up to 12 years.
They complained of delay of remittance of statutory deductions to relevant bodies that denied them services
“The county has not remitted NHIF deduction since May, most doctors go to seek services in different hospitals across the county and they are being told they cannot be offered those services simply because our employer has not remitted those deductions,” he said.
He requested the county government to have nine newly employed doctors put on comprehensive cover to cater for their medical care.
The doctors vowed to continue with the strike until their demands are met.
KMPDU Liaison officer, Trans Nzoia branch, Dr. Zaituni Akajaroit Mulaa said that the nine doctors are among frontline workers to Covid-19 patients at Mt. Elgon isolation centre and urgently needed a comprehensive cover.
By Pauline Ikanda