Strike paralyses Kenya public health

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Nairobi - Striking doctors and nurses have paralyzed Kenya's public health system, endangering the lives of critically ill patients, local media reported Wednesday.

At least two people have died and numerous seriously ill hospital patients have been abandoned since the strike began on Tuesday, according to newspaper Daily Nation.

The strike was “greatly compromising” health services, said Silas Njoroge, medical superintendent at the Provincial General Hospital in Nyeri, central Kenya.

More than 100 000 medical staff went on strike throughout the East African nation to oppose a government plan to decentralize health administration and funding.

Union leaders said county governments did not have the budgets and administrative capacity to manage the health system, while health care workers said they were worried about salary cuts. The health ministry refused to comment.


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