Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentists’ Union (KMPDU) has officially called off the planned strike by medical practitioners that was slated to start on Monday.
KMPDU Acting Secretary General Chibanzi Mwachonda said the strike has been suspended for 14 days to allow for talks with the Senate and National Assembly Committees on Health.
However, Mwachonda was quick to warn doctors across the country against working if they are not provided with Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs).
He told medics handling Covid-19 patients in health facilities across the country not to endanger their lives in the line of duty.
The KMPDU official also clarified that should their grievances not be resolved after the 14-day, grace period elapses the medics will down their tolls from December 21.
The union has vowed not to relent in its fight to ensure the government addresses the 11 issues contained in their strike notice or they will withdraw their services completely after 14 days.
The National Advisory Council has resolved to Suspend the Strike for 14 days to allow for dialogue. KMPDU thanks @NAssemblyKE & @Senate_KE for their efforts.
The government MUST address the 11 issues in the strike Notice failure to which the strike will commence on 21st December pic.twitter.com/BiaiCOTGrI— KMPDU (@kmpdu) December 6, 2020
Doctors have been lamenting over rising deaths of frontline health workers due to lack of PPEs and are demanding a comprehensive medical cover and compensation for healthcare workers.