Less than a fortnight after Nurses in Kajiado returned to work after a strike, Clinical Officers from the County have this evening CALLED OFF their two months strike.
The decision was arrived at after a consultative meeting with the County’s administration.
The Clinical Officers went on strike on December 7 demanding a raft of benefits that included better allowances, promotions and supply of Personal Protective Equipment ( PPEs).
The strike had paralyzed services in several facilities forcing the Governor to rally the Department of Health Services to engage the Clinical Officers for an immediate return to work formula.
The fruits of the tough negotiations were evident today when the County Secretary Francis Sakuda, Health Services CEC Member Esther Somoire and the Kenya Union of Clinical Officers (ĶUCO) officials led by Kajiado Branch Chairman Victor Kuntai emerged from a meeting at the County Headquarters.
” We have hammered a favourable return to work formular which contained matters touching on working conditions, promotions, personal protective equipment and salaries,” said Mr Kuntai.
He added, “We thank the Governor and our Health Minister, Ms Somoire , for giving us a hearing and agreeing to address our grievances,”.
Kuntai then announced,” We have now called off the strike with immediate effect. We are instructing all the Clinical Officers to be back to work within the next 24 hours,”
On her part, Ms Somoire who was flanked by CS Sakuda and the County Attorney Augustine Sekeyian, announced the Officers’ January salary which had been withheld would be released. “We shall also not victimize any officer who missed duty during the period of the go slow,” said the Health CECM