Lamu based human rights defenders have warned Lamu County government against sacking striking King Fahad hospital healthcare workers.
The human rights defenders said King Fahad hospital healthcare worker’s demands are genuine and Lamu county government must fulfil.
Led by Haki Africa Lamu County coordinator Yunus Isaack Ahmed, the rights defenders said it is evident the health workers are risking their lives by continuing to serve locals without any protective equipment.
Mr. Yunus said the frontline workers have already fallen victims of the Covid-19 virus, a clear indication that Lamu county government should act.
According to Yunus, the healthcare workers and Lamu residents have their rights which directly fall under the Lamu county government and specifically the health department.
“This is not politics or witch-hunting game, it is the right of both King Fahad hospital medics and Lamu residents, the county government should act,” noted Mr. Yunus.
Lamu county government has threatened to issue the striking doctors and nurses with summary dismissal letters after they downed their tools on Monday.
“In fact this is not anything we should be debating by now, King Fahad hospital doctors and nurses need Personal Protective equipment so that they do not contract Covid -19 or infect patients seeking medical services at the public health facility,” reiterated Mr. Yunus.
He said the human rights organisation is only awaiting the summary dismissal letters to be issued to the striking healthcare workers before instituting legal proceedings against Lamu county government.
[Striking medics outside the King Fahad public hospital in Lamu. Photo/Ahmed Omar].
He said the rights defenders will put the county government into check in efforts to salvage the ailing Lamu health sector.
The King Fahad hospital medics went on strike on Monday demanding PPE’s, a Covid-19 isolation center at the facility, mass covid-19 testing among other demands that the county government has since ignored.
Already 6 healthcare workers at the largest public health facility in Lamu have contracted the disease with other unknown number said to be Coronavirus positive.