World Bulletin / News Desk
Amid a two-month nationwide doctors' strike, the NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) has blamed the poor state of the health sector in Kenya on "massive corruption" in a statement released Monday.
Kenyan doctors are demanding a 300 percent pay raise and better working conditions negotiated under a 2013 collective bargaining agreement in a strike that has entered its 63rd day.
“Doctors allege that access to healthcare in Kenya has seriously deteriorated due to massive corruption in the sector,” HRW said in a statement.
“Evidence favors their argument: In 2016, a leaked internal audit report revealed that top officials in the Ministry of Health stole more than KES 5 Billion (almost US$50 million) during the 2015/2016 financial year,” HRW added.
The strike, which has been ruled illegal by the industrial and labour court, has sometimes forced Kenyans into seeking treatment in expensive private hospitals.
HRW has called on the government to end the strike.
"The government should protect Kenyans’ rights to health and life, and work with doctors to reach a solution," said the group.
Thursday’s vote make Diaz-Canel first person outside Castro family to rule country in almost 60 years
Syrian regime had no clear picture of what was happening to them, says U.S. general, referring to U.S.-led joint attack
Hamas, Islamic Jihad announced plans earlier to boycott scheduled meeting of PLO’s National Council
Canadian provinces at war over future delivery of oil to Pacific countries
Terrorists killed during operations in Saladin governorate
Decision follows Ecuador’s withdrawal as mediator in talks between Bogota and rebel group
The economic damage of trade war will be smaller than its perceived risk, experts say
Top court says in 5-4 decision federal statute is 'unconstitutionally vague'
'Both chlorine and sarin gas were used in the attack,' says State Department spokesperson
Move ‘is just one step in a journey that requires dedication,’ says coffee chain’s CEO
Turkish Air Force targets Zap region in northern Iraq, according to military
German foreign minister calls for reviving political talks after US-led airstrikes on Assad regime
Over $300 million worth of weapons and equipment will go to US allies in Syria if approved by Congress
The Japanese prime minister will make his second visit to Trump's ostentatious Palm Beach, Florida estate, when the focus will be on trade and security.
Still no explanation for illnesses experienced by Canadians, Americans
The ruling comes as the social network is snared in a scandal over the mishandling of 87 million users' data ahead of the 2016 US presidential election.