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Deliveries at referral hospital KNH surge to 100 daily over doctors’ strike

The Kenyatta National Hospital has recorded about 100 deliveries daily, nearly three times more than usual, since Nairobi doctors in county hospitals downed their tools on September 12 over delayed salaries and promotions.

According to KNH Director of Clinical Services Bernard Githae, the referral facility would record 30 deliveries daily and the new numbers, not only in the labour ward, have “really stretched out and strained our human resource.”

Dr Githae told the Nation: “For instance, the casualty on August 19, had 178 patients but on September 19, we recorded about 235. Our paediatric emergencies moved from 125 in August 19 to 178 on September 19. We are noting a surge.”

These are some the patients who had to find alternative hospitals other than the county-ran Mbagathi, Pumwani Maternity and Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital whose doctors are on strike.

This comes as Nairobi County Wednesday promised to pay all the 253 striking doctors their six-month salaries by Friday.

The county also promised to address their other litany of concerns.

In a rejoinder though, the doctors said while the strike was suspended following a court order by the Employment and Relations Court in Nairobi on September 16, it would be “difficult” for them to resume work.

Courtesy of Daily Nation

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