Health workers down their tools in Siaya
Siaya health workers have downed their tool over delayed salary payments and failed remittance of statutory deductions by the county government of Siaya for four months.
Speaking at the Siaya Referral Hospital the KMPDU Nyanza region chairman, Dr. Onyango Ndong’a said it is the end of the road for the health care workers in Siaya unless the county government reviewed the terms and mode of operation.
“The cow has reached the tether end, we can’t continue this way, and we have to down our tools today by midnight. When the rights of health care workers are violated, even the patients suffer,” lamented Dr Ndong’a.
He added, “We can’t work for 90 days without any pay, we can’t pay for the services that we offer, we are listed on the Credit Reference Bureau, we are unable to pay school fees, we are unable to pay our bills. This is gross, we can’t continue this way.”
The Siaya county branch secretary of the Kenya National Union of Nurses, Sylvester Ng’anda blamed the county government over what is ailing the health services.
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“It is very sad, we have called on the county government for dialogue without success, we ought not to have reached this far; this is a county government that we have entrusted with two thirds of our money to pay those institutions that we owe, instead of doing that they hold the money,” noted Ng’anda.
He also noted that the county government duped them with promotional letters back in March.
“Some of us were promoted back in the month of March, to date the promotion has not been effected, we realised they stole all the money meant for our promotion,” said Ng’anda.
Kenya Clinical Officers Union branch chair Collins Omondi called for speedy resolutions to the stalemate saying the health workers are struggling.
“Siaya County government must wake up and be serious, they must take us seriously, they must not joke with our lives, they must not joke with our dependants’ lives, we are joining them in their strike,” he noted.