Dr Davji Atella replaced Dr Chibanzi Mwachonda at the helm of the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) a month ago.
In an exclusive interview with TV47 Digital, he says doctors’ welfare is his primary focus as Secretary General and any clamour for their welfare “will involve the society.”
Dr. Mwachonda, his predecessor was deemed a ‘velvet glove in a velvet fist’. Last year, KMPDU’s clamour for this welfare fizzled out as he called off industrial action to give room for negotiations with the government.
“We are going to bring strikes which are going to involve the society whereby it’s the society that is going to put everyone accountable. We ask KMA (Kenya Medical Association) not to negotiate with us but to help us convince the people,” he said.
He however lauds health CS Mutahi Kagwe saying he has done a good job in vocalising doctor’s woes. He calls on the health ministry to emulate other governments like the USA and European countries who are administering COVID-19 vaccines in earnest.
“Hospitals are selling vaccines because the government is unable to provide them. More money should be allocated for covid-19 vaccines in the budget because we can’t have a nation vaccinate only one percent of its population,” he said