The health workers officially went on strike on Wednesday which resulted in several patients were being turned away due to absence of medics to attend to them at the health centres and dispensaries as well as Vihiga County Referral and Teaching Hospital.
The Wycliffe Alumasa Secretary-General to county workers caucuses said the health professionals decided to boycott work as a way of pushing the county government to remit their March salary.
According to Alumasa, the aggrieved health employees had unanimously resolved to stay home until the county treasury pays their dues.
“The health workers could not stage protest demonstrations in the public out of respect for the current health guidelines, including the daily curfew, as the country continues to fight the spread of Covid-19 virus,” said Alumasa.
The official blamed the county government over what he described as entrenching the habit of delaying county workers’ salaries since the end of last year.
“The problem of delay in remitting workers salaries in Vihiga County has now become a constant since December 2019,” protested Alumasa.
Expressing displeasure, Alumasa observed the situation was putting the workers on a collision course with their key service providers such as Kenya Power because of the inability to settle personal bills on time.
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Source – KBC