Hundreds of Kenyan doctors, medics protest demanding better pay and working conditions

(16 Apr 2024)
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ASSOCIATED PRESS
Nairobi, Kenya – 16 April 2024
1. Various of medical practitioners protesting
2. Various of Florence, a cancer patient
3. SOUNDBITE (Kiswahili) Florence (no last name given), cancer patient:
"We have not got any treatment. We have waited for a long time and we just had to leave without any medication and my leg is getting worse."
4. Various of medics protesting
5. Various of Emmanuel Odhiambo, medical practitioner protesting
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Emmanuel Odhiambo, medic:
"We are not going to bow to any forms of intimidation and threats. And we are hereby saying today that we are going to continue picketing, we are going to continue our constitutional rights as per article 37 of the constitution. We have already filed our petition to parliament to review our grievances."
7. Various of medics protesting
8. Mid of protester Julius Kalenju
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Julius Kalenju, medic:
"We are the ones in the hospitals every single day, we are the ones who see that patient who is suffering from cancer and now they don’t have any form of chemotherapy, they don’t have radiotherapy. So we feel really bad, we feel very empathetic, we are very sad. But now what we are fighting for, we are fighting for better healthcare and it is better healthcare even for those patients, for everyone."
10. Various of medical practitioners protesting

STORYLINE:
Hundreds of Kenyan doctors and other medical practitioners protested on Tuesday demanding better pay and working conditions in an ongoing nationwide strike that has entered its fifth week.

Florence, a cancer patient, visited Kenya’s referral hospital on Tuesday morning hoping she would get treatment for her worsening leg but was left unattended.

She proceeded to go back home and was caught up in the doctor’s strike in the streets of Nairobi.

"We have not got any treatment. We have waited for a long time and we just had to leave without any medication and my leg is getting worse," she said.

The doctors carried placards and chanted against the Kenyan government, saying it had failed to implement a raft of promises, including a collective bargaining agreement signed in 2017 after a 100-day strike during which people died from lack of care.

"We are not going to bow to any forms of intimidation and threats. And we are hereby saying today that we are going to continue picketing, we are going to continue our constitutional rights as per article 37 of the constitution," said protesting medic, Emmanuel Odhiambo.

AP video shot Idi Ali Juma

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