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No, Uhuru did not go to India to look for doctors, says State House

A report by an Indian publication that the country refused to give Kenya medical doctors to salvage the health crisis caused by the ongoing strike has been rubbished by State House.

The Indian Telegraph had reported that “Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his government would “encourage” the country’s healthcare chains to invest in Kenya, but India avoided pitchforking its doctors into the gravest medical crisis the East African country has faced in decades.”

President Uhuru Kenyatta held talks with the Indian PM during the 8th Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2017.

State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu has however responded to Nairobi News’ inquiry on the matter terming the claims as a “fabrication.”

“Please look at links on President’s Twitter and Facebook. You will see full remarks by HE and PM. Neither makes any reference to your statement/assumptions, which, of course, are a fabrication,” read a statement from Esipisu.

RESUME WORK

The government is still hopeful that the standoff with the doctors will end and they will resume to work soon.

“We have not gone to India to look for doctors, as shared in sections of the media. While we entertain the thought, we have not gone to this step as we are hopeful the doctors will resume work,” Esipisu’s statement further read.

The Employment and Labour Relations Court on Thursday sentenced six officials of the doctors’ union to a one-month suspended sentence.

Justice Hellen Wasilwa ordered Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) officials to call off the strike and finalise negotiations in the next two weeks.

Handing out the judgement, Justice Wasilwa said if the strike is not ended in two weeks the officials will serve a two-week jail time.