Medical association withdraws health services for 48 hours


The Kenya Medical Association has withdrawn health services from all public, private and mission hospitals for 48 hours effective from midnight last night to protest the jailing of Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Union (KMPDU) officials.

Kenya Medical Association officials said they will withdraw their services in all hospitals, with further instructions to follow should the officials remain in custody after the 48 hours.

While making the announcement, KMA National Chairman Jacqueline Kitulu said: “…All our members in Health Facilities and institutions shall not be offering any services for 48 hours’ effective midnight today…further instructions shall be issued should the doctors still be in jail at the expiry of this period.”

Kitulu insisted that there could be no negotiations with the doctors’ union officials in jail.

The association has also revoked the membership of Health CS Cleopa Mailu and PS Nicholas Muraguri effective for one year over grounds that the two have committed crimes of omission and commission amid the doctors’ strike, which entered its 73rd day today.

The statement was signed by The Kenya Medical Association, The Kenya Dental Association, The Kenya Women’s Association, The Kenya Paediatrics Association, The Kenya Obstetrics and Gynecology Society, Surgical Society of Kenya, Kenya Association of Physicians, Kenya Orthopedic Association, Kenya Renal Association, Kenya Physicians Association, Arthreuma Society of Kenya, Kenya Association of Clinical, Pathology Public Health Association of Kenya, Kenya Cardiac Society, Kenya Associations of Radiologist Kenya Psychiatric Association, Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya and Kenya Society of Anesthesiologists.

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