Seme Member of Parliament Dr. James Nyikal on Wednesday broke down and cried as he narrated what medics in the country are going through.
He scoffed at the government for neglecting medics for years, including during this time of Covid-19.
He said doctors are not paid risk, extraneous and other allowances to cushion them against the risks they take.
“A lot of the problems doctors are facing are systematic,” he said.
He added, “Everybody is saying that you have to be patriotic, you must be human. Who said patriotism is suicide?” Nyikal said as he cried.
The MP was reacting to submissions by the KMPDU officials to the National Assembly’s Health Committee revealing the painfully experience they undergo attending to Covid-19 patients.
Led by Secretary-General Chibanzi Mwachonda, the medics said they are neither covered nor paid allowances as they put their lives on the line attending to Covid-19 patients.
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe on Tuesday said the government plans to employ more doctors to fix the existing shortage.
As of Tuesday 2, 352 health care workers had tested positive for the virus with 30 having succumbed to the virus.
[KMPDU Secretary General Dr. Chibanzi Mwachonda. Photo/Ahmed Omar].
The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union and clinicians have been pushing the government to employ more doctors.
The whole scenario paints a total failure by county government and the national government in addressing the plights of medics in the country.