Normal medical services resume in Vihiga County and sub county hospitals
Medical Services have resumed on Wednesday at Vihiga County Referral Hospital and sub county hospitals, a day after the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) called off its three months long strike.
Vihiga County Medical Superintendent, Emmanuel Ayodi said most doctors had reported to work and were busy attending to emergency and special cases at the facility.
“I confirm most doctors have reported on duty at our Mbale county referral and sub county hospitals. Some of them have already started to provide medical and specialist services which were missing as a result of the doctors’ strike,” said Ayodi.
According to Ayodi, the county has a total of 39 doctors “out of which five are Medical Officers of Health (MOH) in charge of our facilities and seven are currently on study leave,” he added.
The medical superintendent assured members of public of availability of enough drugs as well as medical services and at the same time appealed to locals to take patients to various health facilities across the county.
“Now that the doctors’ strike is over, residents should not be afraid to rush sick cases to our hospitals for both in and outpatient services,” urged Ayodi, adding all services, including theatre services had fully resumed.
A spot check by KNA indicated besides the county referral hospital, medical practitioners attached to sub county hospitals in Hamisi, Sabatia, Luanda and Emuhaya were at work, busy attending to serious and special cases.
Patients who spoke to KNA expressed delight over doctors’ decision to end the strike with all of them urging both national and county governments to amicably resolve the doctors’ salary issue.
“I am feeling relatively better after receiving special treatment today,” said Mrs. Margaret Madali, a patient at the referral hospital.
She passionately appealed to the national and devolved units to seek alternative methods of resolving nurses and doctors issues in order to avoid loss of human life in future.
By Maurice Aluda