No less than 10 individuals have kicked the bucket as the attendants’ strike over a Collective Bargain Assessment(CBA) entered the third day on Wednesday, paralyzing services at public hospitals.
An eight-month-old child of a Doctor at Kakamega General Hospital was the most recent casualty on Wednesday. Dr Winston Ong’alo told CNN News Portal Kenya that his child was found to have serious Malaria infection and anaemia yet his partners couldn’t get to gear.
“Doctors could not gain access to needles and syringes,” said Dr Ong’alo. “Even more heartbreaking was that oxygen tanks were available but out of reach as the nurses had put them under lock and key.”
On Tuesday, an elderly asthmatic lady, unattended since Monday, kicked the bucket at Baringo Region Referral Hospital.
This came as County governments said they couldn’t afford the increments by the health laborers’ pay packages.
“This amount is around Sh10 billion per year, which is unsustainable bearing in mind that there are other health workers and other sectors delivering services at the county,” said Mr Nanok, the Turkana Governor. “It is important to note that county governments have made increments of Sh3.4 billion.”
He added by clarifying that the CoG had proposed an allocation of Sh323 billion for counties but the Senate offered Sh314 billion and the National Assembly Sh291 billion.