Health crisis worsens as doctors in private hospitals join strike

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File photo of doctors on strike. PHOTO | HASSAN MUGAMBI | CITIZEN DIGITAL

Amid the supremacy battles playing out in the Ministry of Health, private hospital doctors joining the protracted doctors’ strike and the release of the “CBA 7” from jail after two days, there is one group of people who have been forgotten yet they suffer the most – innocent Kenyans.

Citizen Digital paid a visit to the Nairobi Hospital to assess the situation and plight of patients who have been denied essential health services for the past 73 days in public hospitals.

Doctors in private hospitals have made good their threat of joining the countrywide strike following a decision by the Kenya Medical Association to withdraw their services on Tuesday. There were only a few doctors available, as most of them had abandoned their duties.

According to the Head of Marketing in Nairobi Hospital, Tom Simba, very few doctors had reported to work but all facilities were operating as usual.

“The laboratory, patients’ wards, and maternity wards are still operating, but very few doctors have reported today,” he said.

Patients have gone unattended today as they were told that only emergency cases would be handled.

A patient who requested anonymity narrated to Citizen Digital that she visited the hospital feeling unwell but was only given paracetamol. She is now appealing to the various parties in the stalemate to come together and negotiate so as to end the strike that has led to the suffering of ordinary Kenyans.

Earlier today, the Court of Appeal allowed for the immediate release of the seven doctors’ union officials who were jailed on Monday for contempt of court.

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