KMPDU threatens to withdraw doctors from Kerugoya Hospital within 72 hours


A file image showing the situation at Kerugoya County Referral Hospital in Kirinyaga County. PHOTO| ...
A file image showing the situation at Kerugoya County Referral Hospital in Kirinyaga County. PHOTO| COURTESY

In Summary

  • Speaking after visiting health facilities in the county, the KMPDU officials gave Governor Anne Waiguru 72 hours to reinstate 346 sacked casual workers or face the wrath of the union.
  • Dr. Goody further stated that Kimbimbi Sub-County Hospital was also in a pathetic state, calling on the county government to act immediately.

The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) has now threatened to withdraw doctors from the Kerugoya Referral Hospital in Kirinyaga County due to the facility’s deplorable state.

Speaking after visiting health facilities in the county, the KMPDU officials gave Governor Anne Waiguru 72 hours to reinstate 346 sacked casual workers or face the wrath of the union.

“The hospital is very dirty… and our doctors cannot work in such an environment filled with infections,” said Dr. Gor Goody, KMPDU Central region branch Secretary.

“If within the 72 hours they will not have reinstated the casual and the hospital will not be as it should be in terms of health service delivery, doctors will not come to work.”

Dr. Goody further stated that Kimbimbi Sub-County Hospital was also in a pathetic state, calling on the county government to act immediately.

“Kimbimbi is also in a bad state, a doctor yesterday said there was a snake in theatre and that there have been many such similar incidences,” she added.

“The doctor had to kill the snake in theater before attending to a patient since the snake had already injured a guard.”

The ultimatum by KMPDU comes a day after Governor Waiguru formed an emergency taskforce to oversee the immediate clean up of Kerugoya Referral Hospital which has come under sharp scrutiny in recent times.

In a statement issued on Sunday, Waiguru said the taskforce will carry out the immediate re-deployment of manpower to clean up and maintain standards of hygiene at the hospital within the next 72 hours.

The Kirinyaga county chief blamed the awful situation at the hospital on the high number of patients seeking services at the facility despite the limited resources.

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