The Kenyan government says it would hire foreign doctors to get public hospitals running again, after talks failed to end a strike that has crippled healthcare for more than three months.
On Tuesday, President Uhuru Kenyatta lambasted some 5,000 doctors who have been striking for better pay and working conditions, accusing them of “blackmail”.
Peter Munya, the chairman of the council of governors, said the government was working on contingent measures to return services to the health sector, by looking for services wherever they are available in the continent or outside.
He added that the government has consistently threatened to fire striking doctors
and has even gone so far as to jail union officials, in a attempt to end the strike, but the doctors have refused to go back to work.