Medics working within the county of Nairobi have issued the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) with a 7-day strike notice.
Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) has listed five requirements that must be met before August 21, when the strike will begin.
Through the county secretary Thuranira Kaugiria, the medics want comprehensive National Hospital Insurance Fund covers which have apparently been inactive since July.
They also want the Major General Mohamed Badi-led NMS to pay salary arrears for five specialists dating back six months.
Mr Kaugiria complained that apart from delayed salaries, senior medics have not been promoted.
Further, the medics demanded that the government sets up a special COVID-19 isolation centre for healthcare workers in the frontline.
“The union has noted with a lot of concern that the county does not have an isolation facility dedicated for health care workers in the county,” he stated, adding that at least 15 medics in Nairobi have contracted the killer disease since April.
Those who fell victim to the novel COVID-19, he said, recovered at their homes.
So far, Kenya has lost 15 healthcare providers with the latest being senior pulmonologist Dr Ndambuki Mboloi.
“The medical fraternity is once again in mourning due to the loss of a Senior Pulmonologist Dr Ndambuki Mboloi who succumbed to severe COVID-19 disease.Condolences to the family.May his soul rest in eternal peace.GOK MUST roll out the Compensation of frontline Healthcare workers,” the union said as they mourned one of their own.
The union also claimed that the Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) provided by the government are of low quality.
As a result, medics are forced to improvise, he added.
“It is appropriate that the nation and the public at large acknowledge that healthcare workers are always on harm’s way,” he continued.
Earlier on in the day, the medics asked the government to prioritise their welfare, occupatIonal safety and Health and establish a Health Services Commission, thorough a campaign #IAMADISA.
Dr Adisa Lugaliki was the first doctor to lose her life to the Covid-19, 48 hours after being admitted to hospital.