Health Cabinet Secretary Susan Nakhumicha has termed talks with the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists, and Dentists Union (KMPDU) fruitful amid an ongoing strike by health workers.

The talks to avert the strike have been ongoing since a Nairobi court ordered the CS and the unions representing health workers to come together and seek a solution to the issues raised by doctors.

“We had a fruitful engagement at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre following a Whole-of-Nation Approach (WONA) that was convened by Head of Public Service Felix Koskei as directed by the Labour and Employment Court to address the perennial labour relations issues in the health sector,” Nakhumicha said in a statement on X.

The CS believes that the talks will bear fruit and bring an end to the strikes that have always been occasioned by dissatisfied doctors.

“The consultative forum deliberated on issues raised by the Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentists Union with a view to ensuring they are wholly addressed and the long-running cycle of perennial disputes that were time and again trying to plague Kenya’s health sector is finally broken,” she added.

The stakeholders in the meeting included Cabinet Secretaries, the Council of Governors, KMPDU, the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC), the Public Service Commission (PSC), the Kenya Federation of Employers, and the Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU-K).