Vihiga Senator George Khaniri has expressed his displeasure at the ongoing strike by health workers across the county that has crippled services in the region. According to Khaniri, access to basic health services is a fundamental human right that residents of the county and Kenyans in general should not be denied.
Khaniri stated that he is aware of the grievances raised by the health workers, adding that negotiations between the County Executive and the service providers have yet to arrive at a compromise.
Senator Khaniri observes that the contention over unpaid salaries and allowances for several months and the thorny issue of staff promotions has been a subject matter whose negotiations between the county executive and health workers’ unions have failed to bear fruits for several years now despite the petition to the county government way back in 2019 seeking implementation of a progressive process of promoting staff in various cadres in the healthcare department.
Despite negotiations coming to a standstill, Senator Khaniri insisted that he will not sit idly by and watch his constituents suffer because they can’t access basic health services.
He similarly called on health workers in the region to come to a compromise in the negotiations with the county executive to ensure the services are reinstated as soon as possible.
By Clare Leso