Coronavirus: Kenya’s Clinical Officers Issue 14-Day Strike Notice


News Investigators/ The Kenya Union of Clinical Officers on Sunday gave the government a 14-day strike notice to meet their demands for better working conditions.

The frontline healthcare workers, fighting the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, are demanding adequate Personal Protection Equipment (PPEs) and risk allowance.

The notice comes at a time the government is facing another strike threat from the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union.

Allowance aside, the healthcare workers are also mourning their colleagues who have succumbed to the pandemic in the last few days.

Others who succumbed to coronavirus-related cases were said to have had underlying cases.

Seven clinical officers have succumbed to COVID-19 so far following the demise of a clinical officer based at Kisii Level 5 hospital, in western Kenya.

As at Sunday, 33 health workers, including specialist doctors, had succumbed to the pandemic.

According to the Kenya Union of Clinical Officers Chairman, Peterson Wachira, the loss of lives could have been avoided if the government had heeded advice by health unions and the World Health Organization to exempt vulnerable health practitioners from active duty.

The health care workers say they will invoke the Occupational Safety and Health Act and withdraw services until their safety is guaranteed if the employer challenges the strike notice in court.

They said they will not negotiate on matters pertaining to the sanctity of life of their members.

The union also wants vulnerable health workers or those with pre-existing conditions exempted from active frontline duty.

Union leaders have also called for the provision of a comprehensive medical cover for health workers and their dependants. (PANA/NAN)


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