James Orengo
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Governor James Orengo on why he's breaking ranks with colleagues to side with striking doctors

Siaya Governor James Orengo at a past event.

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What you need to know:

  • Members of the 7,000-strong Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) have been on strike since March 13 to demand better pay and working conditions, the strike has disrupted health care at the country's 57 public hospitals.
  • This has left many patients in agony because they are unable to access basic services in public hospitals and is set to get worse since the doctors have threatened to involve their counterparts in the private facility to join the industrial action.
  • Orengo feels the doctors are reasonable in their demands and are ready to negotiate with the government to have their grievances addressed.