It all started as a warning by just a letter, as days ellapsed it became real. Days turned into weeks and now it hits months. Physicians are out of service due to unfriendly income to their pockets. An increase of 300 percent was the demand or else they will keep the fire blazing as they fill the streets demanding for what they deserve. The 72 day is gone and more days are still to be counted. As this goes on, the loyal tax payers are hurting and some having to say goodbye unwillingly. Negotiations have been made but one party is not willing to play by the rules of the game. So the master has to bend down to the subject so as to save the massacre. The doctors union are not willing to give in for the offers made by the government. Their demand is all the want to be met. Despite the several protest and demonstrations, no ear has been turned to them. Some of the officials have been arrested but all is in vain. That is just adding salt of injury to the wound. #No retreat no surrender is the motto. Arrest might not be the solution to that but just a rekindler to the flame and make it burn to the maximum. “A luta continua” is the say.
In the meeting chaired by Mr. President at State House Mombasa, it was agreed that the entry point of doctors would be enhanced from Job Group L to M, and gross salaries raised to Sh 196,000 from the current Sh 140,244.
A statement from State House Spokesman Manoah Esipisu indicated that at the same time, doctors in Job Group M to P will get Sh 72,000 from Sh 30,000 while those in Job Group Q will take home Sh 80,000 from the current Sh 30,000.
As we trace back to history, in 2012, Kenya’s doctors went on strike to protest the bad state of public health care. Emergency rooms in some of Kenya’s public hospitals frequently don’t have gloves or medicine, and power outages sometimes force doctors to use their cell phones to provide adequate light for a surgical procedure. This time round is the demand for pay rise.
The public health sectors have been paralysed and hence the lower and middle class Kenyans who entirely rely on public health centres are now left hopeless since no one will come for their rescue despite the magnitude of the demand.