Doctors in Machakos County have vowed to continue with the ongoing strike until their grievances are heard and resolved.
The doctors have also demanded a meeting with Machakos Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua stressing that no talks will be held without his presence.
In a statement to the press, the Machakos governor Dr. Alfred Mutua however said that hospitals under the county government are operating normally adding that the county had employed doctors from the private sector and some volunteer doctors to fill the gap left by the doctors on strike.
The governor further issued a 48-hour ultimatum to the striking doctors to resume work or face disciplinary action.
“We are open to discussions, but we will not bow down to blackmail and underhand union tactics. We are prepared to operate at status quo for as long as it takes” read the statement in part
However doctors who sought anonymity said that two meetings took place yesterday to get solutions to the stalemate but did not bear any fruit as the governor had already issued the 48 hour ultimatum.
Earlier on, a section of MCAs led by Cornelius Kitheka urged the governor to meet the doctors and resolve the stalemate.
The members of the county assembly further lamented over political interference in the health sector citing mismanagement in the hospitals which has forced the doctors to down their tools
Over 120 doctors in Machakos County have withdrawn their services in all hospitals in the county.