Doctors in Nairobi Go on Strike, Paralyse Hospital Operations

Doctors in Nairobi Go on Strike, Paralyse Hospital Operations

Medics in Nairobi have downed their tools protesting over their National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) deductions that have not been remitted.

The doctors held peaceful demonstrations at City hall marched to Governor Johnson Sakaja’s office.

This comes days after health services were paralysed in Kiambu county after the move by the county government to transfer their medical cover from NHIF to MUA Insurance Limited.

According to Dr Malindi Chao, Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPDU) Nairobi Branch secretary, the union has filed a petition at the Nairobi County Assembly

“Today, we want to present this petition to the county assembly about this [sic] NHIF, we want to give it to the county clerk so that they help us fight this war. It seems someone is sleeping on the job,” she said.

On Monday, February 13th, 2023 (Yesterday), the doctors announced they will be converging at Governor Johnson Sakaja’s office in a form of protest, demanding the county government to issue them with a comprehensive NHIF insurance cover.

Dr Chao asked Nairobi residents to seek services at the Kenyatta National Hospital.

“All county health facilities will have no doctors available to attend to them,” said Chao in a statement to newsrooms.