Student with heart problem battling for her life amid doctors’ strike

Doctors in their on-going strikes. A girl is fighting for her life as the strike enters day 20.

A St Ambrose Secondary School Form Two student with a heart ailment is battling for her life at a private hospital where she was admitted today, April 2.

Josephine Atieno, a resident of Homa Bay County, was initially at the Homa Bay Level Four Referral Hospital where she failed to get services due to the on-going doctors’ strike.

According to the Matron of the private facility Julia Wasonga, the facility is not in a position to help the patient’s condition. This prompted the medics to refer her to Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital (JOOTRH) in Kisumu.

Her parents, who accompanied her to the private facility, remained stranded in fear that their journey to Kisumu could be in vain due to the nationwide doctors’ strike, which has paralyzed the medical services in the country.

It is 20 days since medics downed their tools. They have remained firm not to resume work until the government abides by the 2017 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

This has made patients seeking medical services in public facilities countrywide to be turned away.

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By Brian Ndigo

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