Critical services in Tana River hospitals were brought to a grinding halt as clinical officers, specialists went on strike on Monday seeking better terms.
The medics specialists in paediatrics, lung and skin, anaesthesia, among other areas downed their tools after their demands for better terms were not heeded by the Tana River County administration.
According to the local Kenya Union of Clinical Officers (KUCO) secretary general Reinhard Myeuko,the medics have resorted to strike after the county medical department failed to heed to their call for dialogue but instead resorted to strong arm tactics.
“We have tried to engage the administration on numerous occasions but they are not ready to dialogue with us. Some of our members completed their post basic training four years ago but have not yet been promoted.”He added. “We have exhausted all the channels and that is why we have resorted to go on strike…”
The union leader added that the strike was legal since they had followed all the legal channels for the industrial action.
“We issued the mandatory 7 day notice which elapsed on Sunday midnight. We are not going back to work until our demands are met.”.
Efforts to reach the county director of health bore no fruits as he was said to be in a meeting.