Kenyan doctors from private health care sector to run for an initial 48 hours of walkout from midnight protesting jailing of some of the colleagues for striking at public hospitals.
The move is sure to deepen a political crisis for President Uhuru Kenyatta, who faces presidential and parliamentary elections this year in August.
According to Kenya Medical Association head Jacqueline Kitulu said if the doctors remain in jail even after 48 hours more instructions will be followed.
The public hospital strike has reached third month and on Monday officials from a union representing doctors were put behind the bars.
Meanwhile, the court has ruled the strike as illegal.
Kitudu added negotiations could not be initiated while their colleagues are in jail and urged the president to sack cabinet members and officials who are being blamed.
The union has about 5,000 doctors and they are looking ahead for the implementation of a deal that was agreed in 2013 with the government to hike basic salaries by 150 to 180 percent apart from other things.
The private hospitals claim struggling to cope with patients’ influx.
Bomu Medical Hospital in Mombasa has even turned its waiting room into an extra ward to accommodate more patients.
However, most of the patients in Kenya look for cheaper public health service and they are unable to pay the high bill of private hospitals.
A 31-year-old Patricia Kadzo said she is unable to bear the fees for her ill father. She added “We are taking him home. We can do nothing because we don’t have money. Let him die there.”