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Dons strike cripples services at KNH as students appeal to State

Services at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) have been paralysed because of the lecturers strike as registrar doctors who work at the hospital have vowed to continue with the ongoing lecturers strike.

Addressing a joint briefing at the University of Nairobi’s College of Health Sciences yesterday, Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPDU) and University Academic Staff Union (Uasu) vowed not return to work until the government honours their Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

KMPDU secretary general Ouma Oluga (pictured) said the ongoing strike has adversely affected service delivery at the country’s largest referral hospital as the lecturers who also double as registrar doctors at KNH continue to down tools pressing for the implementation of their CBA.

“We call upon the government to ensure that they resolve the issues surrounding the implementation of the lecturers strike so that they can return to work.

Currently services at KNH have been paralysed as registrar doctors who handle over 85 percent of the hospital workload are on strike posing a threat to the lives of patients who seek essential services like kidney treatment,” said Oluga.

At the same time, medical students from the University of Nairobi College of Health Sciences are appealing to the government and the lecturers’ unions to negotiate and reach an agreement to end the strike.

School of Medicine campus representative Moses Nabiswa revealed that the strike has affected the students as some have spent more than one and a half years being stuck in one semester hence waste of their time and money.

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