The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) has demanded the county government of Kitui to reinstate salaries for 19 health specialists recalled before the completion of their postgraduate training.
Speaking to the press on Friday in Kitui, KMPDU Secretary General Dr. Davji Bhimji Atellah expressed his dissatisfaction with Governor Charity Ngilu’s decision to recall from training, the 19 specialists, who would otherwise improve service delivery.
Dr. Atellah further vowed to petition the KMPDU to investigate at what point the Kitui Level Five Hospital got an accreditation as Level Five Hospital with no specialists and with no aim to train them.
“We are here today not to demand for salary increase, but to advocate for the rights of the patients in Kitui so that they can get the services they need. We are here today to ask the county to reinstate the salaries of the doctors who are specializing to come and serve the people of Kitui,” said Dr. Atellah.
He referred to the recent incident where the Governor and other members of the management tested positive for Covid-19 but sought health attention at the high-end hospitals like Nairobi Hospital, claiming that if Kitui was a Level Five hospital, then it would have provided comparative services.
He stated that the union is planning to reschedule another demonstration next week, after their initial plan to hold one Friday was disrupted by the police.
“We will come back next week. We are not fighting for the selfish gain for the doctors, but for the people of Kitui to know that their right to health is supreme. The anarchy that is being seen in the county, where the orders are not being obeyed and the workers are not being respected must stop. The administration should respect the right for people to demonstrate,” said Dr. Atellah, adding that they would also petition the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate how the grants given to the facility are used whereas there were no specialists.
The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union had issued a notice to demonstrate Friday around the Kitui Level Five Hospital, but was revoked by the security officers and were forced to address the press from a different venue.