‘OccupyMoH’: Medics extend strike to dark, spend hours in cold night

Medics camped outside the Ministry of Health headquarters in Nairobi’s Afya House on Monday night, following a day of protests demanding the government to post medical interns in accordance with the 2017 Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The health professionals spent most of Monday picketing outside the Health Ministry headquarters on Upper Hill, and in the evening, they lit candles and flashlights to continue the protest into the night despite drizzle in the city.

Social media videos showed medical workers singing the national anthem while waving Kenyan flags and placards.

The group is reported to have spent hours of the night there before leaving.

Supporters and well-wishers of the intern doctors donated food items to the motivated young doctors and encouraged them to stand firm in their resolve.

The medical interns had spent most of the day at the Ministry of Health (MoH) in a bid to push the government to post them. They have also accused the government of failing Kenyans by not supporting a functioning health system.

The group accused the government of not honoring the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that required the State to post them upon completion of their internship.

During the demonstrations yesterday, the medics emphasized their right to be posted within 30 days of completing their studies as stipulated in the CBA between the Ministry of Health and the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists, and Dentists Union (KMPDU).

They have vowed not to relent until the government meets their demands.