Sabahi (Washington, DC)

Kenya: Health Workers' Strike Continues, Kenyatta Calls for Interim Accommodation

Kenyan health workers should continue their nationwide strike, Secretary General of the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) Sultani Matendechero said Thursday (December 19th), accusing the government of "confusing" health workers into returning to work.

"No one should make the mistake of going back to work without us entering into a Return to Work Formula with the government," Matendechero said in a statement.

Representatives of health workers met with a technical team at Deputy President William Ruto's office on Thursday, but have not yet reached an agreement, Kenya's Daily Nation reported.

The strike has been ongoing since December 9th, despite a court order deeming it illegal.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday called on county governments to make sure public hospitals resume operations until the strike is resolved.

"In the event of continued disagreement, we encourage governors to make alternative arrangements to ensure all health facilities in their counties are manned and operational," Kenyatta said in a statement.

In response to the president's urging, about half of Kenya's 47 governors have begun advertising for new staff to replace the health workers.

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