REPUBLIC OF KENYA

Government initiate talks to avert health workers strike Nairobi , Thursday May 14, 2020

The government has commenced talks with health workers union to avert a looming strike called by the workers on Monday, Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Dr. Mercy Mwangangi said today.

Speaking when she gave an update on the Covid 19 situation, Dr. Mwangangi noted that the Ministry of Health is alive and is in discussion with various healthcare worker groups to prevent the strike.

“Health care workers are the heartbeat of this response and so we are in negotiations and discussions with them to evaluate their concerns to be able to come to a middle ground where we can actually move forward,”she noted.

Health workers through their union have threatened to down their tools beginning Monday next week if government does not intervene on their welfare and protection from Covid 19.

The acting Director General, HEalth Services, Dr. Patrick Amoth added that the Ministry of Health  tis working on a comprehensive package for health care givers without discriminating any cadre noting that the dialogue with union will continue to reach an amicable solution.

During the pevent the World Vision Vice President, East Africa Dr. Stephen Omollo snd the County Director Lillian DOdzo donated 11,416 PPEs worth Ksh 50 million to the Covid emergency response committee. The kits comprised surgical masks, shoe covers, scrub bottoms, aprons and coveralls.

 

Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr.Mercy Mwangangi addressing a press conference on coronavirus at Afya House today and confirmed that 21 people tested positive making a total of 758 cases in the Country.