By Dan Nyamanga.
Health services in Nyamira County which have been crippled for the last 133 days have resumed after the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentist Union (KMPDU) officials signed an agreement with Governor Amos Nyaribo on Tuesday.
The strike commenced on 15th September last year.
In a joint press briefing in the governor’s boardroom, Nyanza region KMPDU chair Dr. Kevin Osuri said that union had reached an agreement with the County government to end the strike after the contested issues were addressed.
“We have met the County government of Nyamira officials led by the County secretary and we are pleased to announce that we have called off the four months strike today (Tuesday) and trashed out any areas of contention that we had between our employer (County government of Nyamira).
We have reached and amicable solution and I am happy to announce that today, with the signing of the return to work formula, we will be ending the 133 days strike and we instruct our doctors to immediately resume work so that normalcy can be reinstated in the health facilities of Nyamira County”, said Dr. Osuri.
Among the contested issues that led to the strike is doctors’ promotion and salary increments.
Governor Nyaribo asked the doctors to always exhaust the available means of negotiations before resolving to down tools.
Nyaribo said he was happy for the doctors to have agreed to resume duty on a return to work agreement.
“I am happy for agreeing to return to work and I assure you that the impediments that have been causing the strike will henceforth be sorted. As County government, we are ready to agree on any issue that may arise in the days coming and that you should not always resolve to the strike unless all avenues have been exhausted. We want to provide the best to our people”, added Nyaribo.
The doctors will be paid all the salaries for the time they have been out of duty.