- In a letter signed by county secretary Jeizan Faruk, Governor Hassan Joho’s administration dismissed the 86 putting employees for boycotting obligation.
- The Joho administration additional instructed the medical doctors to instantly hand over all properties belonging to the county authorities to their supervisors.
- Wards in main hospitals are empty with companies equivalent to surgical procedure, maternity, in-patient, and out-patient suspended as medical doctors, nurses, laboratory technologists, scientific officers, and radiographers boycott duties.
Mombasa county authorities has sacked 86 medical doctors, together with KMPDU boss Chibanzi Mwachonda and senior specialists for refusing to return to work.
In a letter signed by county secretary Jeizan Faruk, Governor Hassan Joho’s administration dismissed the 86 putting employees for boycotting obligation.
“Following the correspondence shared between the Division of Well being and the County Public Service Board on the medical doctors strike, the Board, pursuant to Part 59 (1) (c) of the County Governments Act quantity 17 of 2012, hereby conveys its determination by way of Particular Board assembly held on January 5, 2021 that every one the medical doctors who’ve failed, refused and/or uncared for to return to work be dismissed from county companies as supplied for below Part 44 (4) (a), (c) and (e) of the Employment Act 2007 which represent justifiable or lawful grounds for the dismissal as highlighted within the Act,” the devolved unit mentioned.
The discover was despatched to the affected by way of e-mail.
The Joho administration additional instructed the medical doctors to instantly hand over all properties belonging to the county authorities to their supervisors.
“Replace us on the progress of the dissemination of the letters, handover and employees return for every of the services,” mentioned the county secretary. This was copied to the well being govt, chief officer, Devolution and Public Service Administration.
Nevertheless, the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPDU) Coast department secretary, Dr Abidan Mwachi, vowed to go to court docket.
“We have now obtained the letters of dismissal however they’re unlawful, they’re those who took us to court docket and can’t by-pass the court docket course of. We aren’t scared. We are going to transfer to court docket to get an injunction,” mentioned Dr Mwachi.
This comes because the well being sector within the county floor to a halt with medical doctors, nurses and scientific officers pleading with sufferers to hunt remedy in Kwale, Kilifi and neighbouring devolved models.
As an alternative of resolving the well being paralysis, the putting well being employees, together with 220 medical doctors and 800 nurses, say the Governor Hassan Joho-led county is threatening and intimidating them regardless of happening a authorized strike since December 2.
Wards in main hospitals are empty with companies equivalent to surgical procedure, maternity, in-patient and out-patient suspended as medical doctors, nurses, laboratory technologists, scientific officers and radiographers boycott duties.
The strike is hampering the battle towards the coronavirus.
The well being employees are on strike over perennial wage delays, non-remittance of statutory deductions and insurance coverage premiums and third social gathering deductions.
KMPDU, Kenya Nationwide Union of Nurses (Knun), Kenya Union of Medical Officers (KUCO), Kenya Nationwide Union of Medical Laboratory Officers (KNUMLO) and Kenya Well being Professionals Society (KHPS) mentioned they won’t be intimidated again to work except their calls for are met.
“Mombasa administration has develop into merciless to its hospital employees and, by extension, the residents by denying them entry to well being. The county deducts funds from our salaries with the intention of paying banks as reimbursements for loans, insurance coverage and insurance policies however doesn’t take the cash there. In impact our members find yourself with out salaries as a result of when they’re paid their monies, they’re taken up by the collected arrears,” KMPDU Coast department secretary Dr Mwachi mentioned.
Dr Mwachi mentioned the medics can not get any loans from monetary establishments after the bulk had been blacklisted on the Credit score Reference Bureau as a result of non-compliance.
“We have now been blacklisted by monetary establishments, we now have gotten letters from Kenya Income Authority. However the county is now sending dismissal letters, sacking and eviction notices from authorities homes. All of the 220 medical doctors throughout the county have obtained the threats,” added the KMPDU official.
Dr Mwachi mentioned they’ve tried to succeed in out to the county authorities however their return to work formulation was ignored. They’re but to obtain their December salaries, whereas nurses had been final paid in November.
The medic mentioned some 80 medical doctors had been affected by the virus with some being hit twice.
“We are going to return to work as soon as they implement our return to work formulation as signed on October 2 final yr. It covers job development for medical doctors, fee in complete for all statutory deductions and fee of curiosity accrued,” added the KMPDU official.
Dr Mwachi urged Mombasa residents to strictly adhere to the well being protocols to guard themselves from the virus that’s ravaging the county amidst a strike.
“Maintain social distance, wash your arms and put on your face masks, the coronavirus scenario is dangerous … it’s horrible and we empathise. We have now suggested our sufferers to hunt companies in Kilifi district or Mariakani which is 40 minutes away, my members may even go and volunteer there totally free,” the medic mentioned.
Knun Mombasa department secretary Peter Maroko demanded danger allowance and group life insurance coverage earlier than they resume duties.
Lab technologist Moses Maingi urged the federal government to deal with the employees with respect.