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‘We are prepared to give even more, including our blood, to rectify govt deception’ – KMPDU

Wednesday, May 1st, 2024 12:13 | By
Doctors hold a demo outside Afya House in Nairobi two weeks ago to demand the posting of medical interns. PHOTO/Kenna Claude
Doctors hold a demo outside Afya House in Nairobi to demand the posting of medical interns. PHOTO/Kenna Claude

The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) has vowed to press on with its industrial action, which is in its second month.

In a statement on May 1, 2024, KMPDU Chairman Dr Adbi Mwachi said the government has been focused on misplaced priorities which have relegated the lives of Kenyans to the sidelines while leaders chase after selfish gains.

"On this Labour Day, as we stand in solidarity and reflect on the value of our work, we find ourselves amidst a tough situation. The struggle and sacrifices made by doctors in this ongoing industrial action, now in its second month, are undeniable. The government's misplaced priorities have relegated the lives of Kenyans to the sidelines while leaders chase after selfish gains," Mwachi stated.

According to Mwachi, the strike is a deep-rooted desire for transparency and justice, which he said will continue until what he termed as deception by the government is done away with.

"It's a painful truth that deception has crept into the fabric of our society. As we take a stand, let it be known that our actions reflect a deep-rooted desire for transparency and justice. The sacrifices made by our top leaders underscore our commitment to this cause. We have given our sweat and tears and are prepared to give even more, including our blood, if necessary, to rectify this deception," he added.

KMPDU statement

Mwachi's statement comes at a time when the country is joining the world in celebrating Labour Day, a ceremony which recognises the input of all workers.

"In our unity, we extend our empathy to all fellow Kenyans affected by the harsh floods, standing in solidarity with them during these challenging times. May the cries of the people be heard, and may the government lend a compassionate ear to their plight," Mwachi added.

"Together, let us strive for a Kenya where honesty reigns, where the well-being of every citizen is a top priority, and where deception finds no place. Happy Labour Day to all, as we continue our fight for what is right."

On Wednesday, the doctors' strike hit the 49th day, even as Kenyans continue to suffer in hospitals.

The medical practitioners, however, continue to advocate for increased funding for the healthcare sector, calling for the implementation of CBAs fair treatment for doctors on short-term contracts, and improvements in working conditions.

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