Learning for medical students at Moi University is set to ground to a halt following plans by doctor-lecturers at the institution to go for industrial action.
The doctor-lecturers are demanding payment of their enhanced allowances and salaries that dates back to two years ago.
Addressing a media briefing in Eldoret town, the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Union (KMPDU) Secretary-General Dr. Davji Bhimji Atella said they have already issued a 14-day strike notice that expires in November 28, 2021.
Dr. Attela further expressed concerns over an acute shortage of doctor lecturers at the Moi University School of Medicine.
“There is a need for more doctors and lecturers to be employed for the university to continue having doctors with required quality graduating,” said the KMPDU boss.
He noted that they currently need between 50 and 100 new doctor lecturers at the institution.
According to the KMPDU officials, each of the Moi University doctor-lecturers is owed over Ksh1.5 million in unpaid salaries and allowances that cumulatively is about Ksh200 million.
“Moi University lecturers have been blacklisted by various loan agencies because their deduction on the payslips is not remitted as required by the university,” lamented Dr. Attela.
Should the doctor-lecturers make good their strike plans beginning November 28, 2021, doctor students currently doing postgraduate and the undergraduates will be affected.
Some services at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret town will also be affected as most of the lecturers work at the second-biggest referral health facility as doctors, medical practitioners, pharmacists, and dentists.