The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: End the Doctors Strike Now


The empty threats by governors to sack the medics who refuse to end their strike indicate a double standard and hypocrisy all so common in our political leadership.

The medics demands that they continue being paid by the central government is no less than what the striking members of the county assemblies demanded and got--salaries and additional allowances and benefits.

With less than 8,000 doctors serving a nation of 40-plus million, the decision to devolve health services without proper structures and planning has resulted in the ongoing chaos and shambles.

What is needed is soberness in addressing the problem and ensuring that all Kenyans have access to the limited services offered by these doctors.

The devolution of health, education and security is not something that should be done in a hasty and unplanned manner as it is now becoming all so clear.

It should be phased out in a manner that enhances, not degrades the minimum health services that Kenyans have come to expect. Counties have not shown they have the capacity to manages such essential services and until they do so, such services must continue being provided by the national government.

Quote of the day: "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it," Santayana, a Spanish-American philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist was born on December 16,1863.

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