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Kenya Doctors End 100-Day Strike
Source : BBC    Date : Wednesday 15 Mar, 2017 | 07:31 GMT
Doctors in Kenya have agreed to end a 100-day strike that has paralysed the country's public health system.

Union officials representing thousands of striking medical workers have signed an agreement with government officials in the capital, Nairobi.

The doctors are to receive increased allowances as negotiations over other issues continue.

The doctors have been demanding higher wages and better working conditions and say more doctors need to be hired.
A number of patients are reported to have died from a lack of medical care during the walkout.

"We are grateful that this dark page in the history of our country has come to an end," Health Minister Cleopa Mailu said at the signing of the deal.

The authorities would do their best to ensure Kenyans "get services quickly", he added, without giving exact dates on when public health services would be back up and running.

Dr Ouma Oluga, head of the union of medical workers (KPMDU), said: "The strike may be over but the industrial dispute is not yet".

He reiterated the union's argument that it was impossible to separate the rights of patients from the rights of doctors.
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