NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 8 – Council of Governors Chairman Peter Munya on Wednesday warned striking doctors that the County and National Governments will start hiring foreign doctors from within and outside Africa in efforts to restore services in public health centres.
Speaking on the second day of the 4th Annual Devolution Conference in Naivasha, Munya said the governments were left with the option of looking for health services from outside the country due to the suffering of Kenyans affected by the prolonged doctors’ strike that entered the 94th day on Wednesday.
“We are imploring our doctors to return to work,” Munya said.
“But both levels of governments are working on contingency measures to bring back the health sector where it was by looking for services wherever they are available in the continent or outside the continent for those who want to come and provide those services to deal with the impasse until to a situation where our doctors are ready to provide those services to the public.”
The Meru Governor further urged doctors who were ready to resume duty to sign recognition agreements with their county governments.
His stern warning to the doctors came a day after President Uhuru Kenyatta announced that the county and national governments had both lost their patience with the striking doctors.
He said they will not accept to be blackmailed at the expense of allowing Kenyans suffer due to the strike that despite interventions from different groups including religious leaders, the doctors have been adamant to change their hard-line position.