MACHAKOS, Kenya, Aug 4 – Machakos Governor Dr Alfred Mutua has given a section of striking doctors in the county hospitals and health centres 48 hours to resume duty or face disciplinary action.
Dr Mutua who toured the Machakos Level 5 Hospital said those who will not resume duty will be viewed to have absconded and measures will be taken against them.
He added there was no paralysis at the premier hospital and that other county hospitals and health centres were functioning well.
“We will be advertising for more doctors and other health workers in line with my pledge to provide world class health services to the people of Machakos,” said Dr Mutua.
He hit out at the doctor’s union for calling the strike terming their reaction as a knee jerk and smacking of impunity.
The doctors’ strike that begun on Monday was triggered by a decision to suspend the Kathiani hospital medical superintendent.
Dr Mutua said he suspended the administrator at the hospital for lethargy, not coming to work and poor delivery of administrative services.
“At no time did I criticise or interfere with any doctor’s practice. The administrator just happened to be a doctor and she was suspended for her failures as an administrator not as a doctor,” said Dr Mutua.