Patients in Tana River County were forced to seek for treatment from neighbouring counties as the strike by clinical officer specialists bit hard on its second day.
A spot check by Pokomo Magazine revealed that patients who needed specialised attention were being referred as far as Malindi and Garissa after the medics downed their tools Monday morning demanding salary increments and promotions following their redesignation.
Yesterday, the medics were seen protesting peacefully in Hola town the county headquarters. They were briefly adressed by the County Secretary Joshua Jarha who was at the county referral hospital for a meeting.
Later in the day, the county health department’s top management was holed up in a meeting but it isn’t clear whether the current impasse was on the agenda.
Meanwhile, a section of the residents expressed concern over the current turn of events. They urged the county health management to intervene and dialogue with the striking workers to alleviate their suffering.
“We are really suffering, now we have to go all the way to Malindi for theater services. It is very expensive. We are urging the county government to intervene and listen to the striking health workers. The medics should also sympathise with our plight and resume work. ” said a resident who chose to remain anonymous.
Earlier, the County Executive for health Mwanajuma Mabuke was set to meet local officials of the Kenya Union of Clinical Officers (KUCO ) at 7:30 AM. However the meeting was rescheduled for 8:15. It is not yet clear whether the meeting took place.
Some of the striking medics were seen assembling at their meeting point at Hola County Referral Hospital armed with whistles and placards in readiness for another round of protests today.