The Kisii county government has dismissed 20 striking health workers even as trade union officials called for dialogue with county governments to improve their working conditions to end the strike and resume work.
In a letter signed by Alice Abuki, Chief Officer for Health Services, on January 4, the workers were asked not to access their work stations or any other county health facility within their jurisdictions.
“Please note that the officers whose names appear in the list were dismissed from Public Service by the office of the County Secretary and Head of Public Service with effect from December 19, 2020” reads part of the letter.
The letter to Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital Chief Executive Officer, Dr Enock Ondari and sub county Medical Officers of Health ( SMOHs) has been copied to Health Executive Committee member, Sarah Omache, Medical, Public Health officers and Director Administration.
County’s Kenya National Union of Nurses ( KNUN) chairman, Fred Oigo, Victor Bwanchete, clinicians Secretary and Erick Rioba, KNUN Deputy Secretary are among those reported to have been axed.
The union officials have periodically protected demanding personal protective equipment comprehensive health insurance, free treatment for Covid-19, enhanced risk allowances, designations promotions.