ODM now wants MPs recalled to discuss health crisis

Opposition MPs have today called for the recall of Parliament from recess to deliberate on the ongoing crisis in the health sector which has seen 19 people die after doctors and nurses downed their tools on Monday.

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) MPs led by Ugunja’s Opiyo Wandayi said there is urgent need to recall the legislators to a joint session with the senate to help avert the crisis from worsening.

The strike by the health workers entered its third day today with tales of death and pain following it its wake.

This even as ministry officials continue to pile pressure on the striking medics to resume duty but in vain.

“We now demand that the National Assembly and the Senate be immediately recalled and have a joint session so as to get a solution to the current health crisis,” Wandayi said.

He criticized President Uhuru Kenyatta for ignoring the plight of patients who have been left on their own and instead embark on his re-election campaigns.

President Kenyatta toured Ukambani region yesterday amid the health crisis on which he has not commented.

And Wandayi who was accompanied by several ODM lawmakers criticized President Kenyatta for showing lack of interest in solving the crisis that has caused a total shutdown in public hospitals.

They said the problem of the health sector emanates from lack of proper costing when the function was being devolved and that it can only be solved by parliament through correct allocation of funds.

“The Health sector was devolved yet there is no money to fund the functions. We need proper costing of what exactly is needed to fund the health sector. This can only be done through parliament which is currently on recess,” Wandayi said.

“We know that health is a devolved function but the national government has held on to money meant to fund the functions at county level,” he added.

He was with MPs James Nyikal (Seme), Fred Outa (Nyando), Zuleika Hassan (Nominated), Raphael Otalo (Lurambi) and Florence Mutua (Busia Women Rep).

“We want the President to immediately cut short his political campaigns and address this issue,” Mutua said.

Nyikal said doctors have genuine concerns that need to be urgently addressed.

“Health workers are not mad to go on strike if there is good political will to solve their problems, currently there is no political good will to solve the crisis,” Nyikal said.

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