The clinical officers together with the Ministry of Health and governors have signed a return to work formula ending one month nationwide strike of clinical officers.
The Kenya Union of Clinical Officers (KUCO) Secretary-General George Gibore said the return to work formula is a big milestone stating that the move will be the first step to improve of their working condition.
“We are here to heed to the appeal of the Ministry and the Council of Governors, to have our members resume duty as we progress on the grievances that we registered. It is not because the issue has been resolved but it is a beginning to have the issue resolved. We know that a majority of our members are not happy,” Gibore said.
Secretary-General George Gibore has assured the striking Clinical Officers will resume duties as early as Friday.
On their part the Council of Governors have welcome the new agreement, their chair Josphat Nanok said they will have more negotiations with the Clinical Officers.
“I want to thank the union officials for heeding to the discussions and our appeals and we hope that in future engagements, there will be more negotiations which can always bear fruits and us from the Council of Governors, we know we will be able to have such to resolve the issues that involve our personnel,” Josphat Nanok said.
The government also wants the striking nurses to follow suit and come to the discussion table. The Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu said striking nurses paralysed the daily activity of hospitals, affected immunization among other services.