Kenyan doctors- employed by Nairobi county government have gone back to work today, Thursday after a six-day strike over delayed salaries and lack of protective equipment for handling patients who may have covid-19.
Nairobi county secretary-general of the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists union, said in a messaging app that the doctors had returned to work after signing an agreement with county officials on Wednesday.
In the agreement, the government promised to pay doctors on the fifth day of every month, failure of which the doctors were free to stop work without notice. The agreement also provides doctors with two isolation facilities in the event they contract the coronavirus.
The county government also committed to providing the doctors with adequate supplies of high quality personal protective equipment.
320 striking doctors working in hospitals run by the Nairobi county government went on strike last week, citing poor quality protective gear, too few isolation wards, and inadequate health insurance.
Data from Kenya ministry of health show, the country has 33,016 confirmed coronavirus cases, 564 deaths and 19,296 recoveries out of 429,513 tests conducted.
ECOWAS Hints At Lifting Mali Sanctions
Leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have hinted on lifting sanctions earlier imposed on Mali in the wake of last month’s coup. Imports to land-locked Mali have slumped since the imposition of a trade embargo.
ECOWAS envoy, Nigerian former president, Goodluck Jonathan said Mali military officers, who overthrew president Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, were acceding to international calls for a transition to civilian rule.
The military junta announced a former minister of defence, Bah Nda`Oh, as interim leader that would oversee a transition to a civilian-led government. Coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, has been named vice-president.
Cameroon: Protesters Call For End To Bloodshed From Anglophone Crisis
Protesters in Cameroon have called for a ceasefire and negotiations to end a long-running conflict between Anglophone separatists and security forces. More than 3,000 lives have so far been lost in the conflict. The protesters are also demanding a reform of the electoral system.
Police and soldiers had taken up positions in several cities, including Douala, and the capital-Yaounde, since opposition leader, Maurice Kamto, called for a peaceful demonstration.
Police used tear gas and water cannon to break up a protest by hundreds of people in Cameroon’s economic capital Douala on Tuesday. They were calling for an end to bloodshed in the country’s Anglophone regions. At least one protester was reported killed.
Last month Kamto, head of the movement for the rebirth of Cameroon and runner-up to president Paul Biya in a 2018 election, labelled Biya`s government a “kleptocracy.” Kamto accused 87-year-old Biya of “ruling through disdain and terror,” and urged a “giant campaign calling for the pure and simple departure of Paul Biya from power.”
Ghana’s Nurses And Midwives Call Off Strike
Ghanaian nurses and midwives have called off their indefinite strike to resume work today following the government’s promise to conclude negotiations within a month.
The nurses and midwives are demanding better terms of service including rent and transport allowances.
The strike left many patients stranded, and some dead, in medical facilities across the country.
The National Labour Commission secured a court order to enforce an earlier injunction meant to end the strike and compel the healthcare workers to continue negotiations with the government.
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