Some group of medical associations in Kenya has called on two international organizations to help end the doctors’ strike in their country.
The group has also asked the Office of the President to help resolve the crisis.
The Kenya Medical Association said the responsibility of resolving the crisis lies squarely in the executive.
The association on Tuesday termed the strike that has crippled health services a national crisis. Prof. Lukoye Atwoli, the group’s secretary has said that this is beyond the ability of any single ministry in the national or county government to handle effectively. The medical associations called on the World Health Organization and the International Labor Organization to help. He said the association was not asking the World Health Organization to import doctors.”How can the government import doctors if they cannot pay their own?
Talks between doctors, the government and the Council of Governors to end the strike, which is in its 15th day, failed on Saturday. Doctors accuse the government of lacking the will to honor the collective bargaining agreement of 2013. But while being interviewed on a morning show on a local television yesterday, government spokesman Eric Kiraithe said that “doctors have proven we can do without them.”