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New Year Reprieve As Clinical Officers Call Off Strike

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Kenya Union of Clinical Officers (KUCO) General Secretary George Gibore. Photo Courtesy

Clinical officers agree to end strike after deal with the Ministry

Clinical officers have handed Kenyans a new year gift, ending their 26-day long strike after coming to an agreement with the Ministry of health, a welcome relief for the healthcare sector overstretched with admissions.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said the government remains committed to ensuring continuity of service in public health facilitates and will do everything possible to ensure all health workers on strike resume duty as soon as possible.

While the country continues to grapple with COVID-19, the CS it’s important to ensure ease of access to health care services.

He urged other health care workers who are on strike to hasten negotiations so that they can return to work especially during this time kids are about to return to school.

Kenya Union of Clinical Officers (KUCO) General Secretary George Gibore. Photo Courtesy

KUCO National Chairman Peterson Wachira said they will work hand in hand with the Government and review progress from time to time as well as ensure attainment of universal health care.

Following the agreement, KUCO Sec Gen George Gibore has now directed union members to resume duty within 24 hours.

“PPEs should be available and adequate, medical cover and group life insurance for union members must be in place to ensure they get access to good health care services when hospitalized due to COVID-19 as well as compensation if one succumbs to the virus.

They have further agreed that the Government will ensure clinical officers on contractual terms, get benefits such as NHIF as well as renew their contracts.

He said that all disciplinary cases due to participation in the strike will also be withdrawn and salaries released to the members.

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