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Mombasa Health sector to be paralysed as doctors’ strike begins Monday

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[KMPDU Coast Secretary General Dr Hassan Ahmed Mkuche addressing the media at the Coast General Hospital on March, 4th, 2022. Photo/Ahmed Omar].

Healthcare workers in Mombasa have cautioned the public to seek health services elsewhere as the public health sector will be completely grounded from Monday March, 7, following a mega strike.

The medics while addressing the Media at the Coast General Teaching and Referral Hospital in Mombasa on Friday said they have had enough of the Mombasa county sluggish behaviour of failing to remit the salaries on time.

Led by the Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) Coast regional Secretary General Dr Hassan Ahmed Mkuche, they said they have been reduced to beggars and subjected to economic hardships.

The medics said they have not received their two months salaries and their statutory deductions not remitted for the last five months.

Dr Mkuche said it has been the norm for Mombasa county to delay their salaries and completely fail to remit to banks statutory deductions.

“This has been the situation for the last two years until we strike is when they will pay us. The county government has totally failed,” noted Dr Mkuche.

He said compared to other Coastal counties it is only Mombasa and Taita Taveta counties that have failed their workers, further adding that staff go for two or up to three months without any pay or statutory deductions like the NHIF and NSSF being remitted to banks.

“Lamu, Tana River, Kilifi and Kwale counties have proved beyond reasonable doubt that indeed Mombasa and Taita Taveta counties lacks development-oriented and caring leadership. Is the National government discriminating the two counties when disbursing monies to counties?” noted the KMPDU Coast Region Secretary General.

He further revealed that despite being deducted the statutory remittance, the county government has failed to remit the same to the specific banks making medics and other staff lives unbearable.

Miscalculation

“When they pay one month salary, the banks take it all because of the pending statutory deductions remittance as required by the binding agreement and laws of the country,” stated Dr Mkuche.

He further noted that since they issued the ultimatum barely a week ago, the county government has been mum on the issue, the reason why they are not backing down but vowed to send the Mombasa health sector to its knees until they are paid.

The medics to ground their tools on Monday include doctors in all public hospital and dispensaries in Mombasa, pharmacists, nurses, laboratory technologists among other disciplines in the health sector.

Dr Mkuche’s sentiments were fully backed by Kenya Pharmaceutical Technologists Union Secretary General Juma Abdallah Ali who said that all the healthcare workers are in solidarity with their Mombasa and Taita Taveta colleagues.

“We apologise to the residents for the suffering they will go through from Monday March, 7, but we too are equally important and we do not deserve such mistreatment,” he noted.

The county government has remained numb over the issue, with the healthcare workers in the public sector demanding less than their two months salaries of January and February and as well all statutory deductions from October to February, being NHIF, NSSF, bank loans among others.