Machakos Level Five Hospital staff boycott work

Machakos Level Five Hospital staff yesterday boycotted work to protest poor working conditions. The staff including Doctors, technicians, nurses, cleaners, patient attendants, cooks and drivers marched from the hospital through the streets of Machakos town to the County Assembly. The protesters said they could no longer offer their services without facilities, equipment, drugs and other necessities. They noted that the lack of drugs had forced patients to buy them from private chemists. The hospital’s technicians said machines remain broken for long due to delays in the acquisition of spare parts. Renal and dental units at the hospital have since been closed indefinitely. Mortuary attendants downed their tools a week ago due to lack of formalin to preserve bodies at the hospital’s morgue. Addressing the protesters outside the county assembly, area MCA in charge of labour Jeremiah Munguti put the blame on the county CEC in charge of finance, alleging that he is to blame for failing to avail funds needed to cater for basic needs to run the hospital. Munguti however said the County is working on a plan to resolve the situation.