Medical services in 40 counties across the country are facing strike threats after the medical union and associations issued a seven-day strike notice over delayed payment of medics’ salaries.
This irony puts the government on spot as the Kenya healthcare union, had recommended that the government should establish a mechanism to pay health workers from a central point.
In a statement released by the union, Kenyans of Goodwill should be worried that medics from over fourty counties in the country have not received their salaries.
The union stated that Counties that shall not have paid their health workers should not expect health workers to report on duty in seven days.
The union also decried that in the ten years of devolution, no proper framework has been established to ensure healthcare services which are devolved function efficiently and effectively.
“We have had numerous blame games between national and county governments concerning finances, drug and equipment acquisition, and employment of healthcare workers which have led to the detriment of the healthcare service delivery,” the statement further read.
The union in solidarity with other civil servants echoed the remuneration worries as the government employees are yet to receive their March Salaries in the middle of the month amid a worsening economic situation in the country.
The concerns come at a time President William Ruto indicated the government will not borrow money to pay public servants wages even as he insisted that the situation is under control.
On Tuesday 11th April, during the launch of the release of the report on the evaluation of the performance of ministries, state corporations and tertiary institutions, a tough-talking president indicated that his government will not borrow money to pay salaries and that it will source for its funds through taxes and other means.
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