BY: OKOTI ALUORA PATRICK
On political, social and economic platforms we have always argued whenever it comes to matters that affect us negatively. However, when it comes to us sacrificing a bit for the gain of others, we all stand in numbers to justify what we believe to be right just because we are sure eventually we are the gainers. But when shall we avert this and concentrate on activities and advocacy of what we sometimes stand to lose? Who said we are justified to sin because somebody somewhere is sinning?
In the recent past the beautiful Kenyan republic has experienced a series of industrial strikes in the name of demanding for the right pays, dishonoured CBAâ€™s among other reasons. When all this occurs, there is usually the little few who bear this burden and loose what was justified for them to get. Take an instance of teachersâ€™ strike, are pupils who suffer, Nursesâ€™ strike, Patientsâ€™ health deteriorate just to mention few. But does it mean that we are too blind to learn from the past or we are too careless so that we donâ€™t care of results of our acts?
Itâ€™s barely weeks since the country experienced one of the most historic teachers strike. Despite that, we are yet hearing another one is looming. Teachers were heard recently planning how the lost time would be compensated for, and in less than a month, threatening for another strike. Teachers aside!
In the past few days it has been incongruous to hear of a looming doctorsâ€™ strike.
Am left wondering with some few questions, Just as the lost teaching time is yet to be compensated for, how will be the delayed medical treatment to patients be compensated for? Take a scenario of a patient scheduled for kidney dialysis twice per week and then fails because doctors are on strike.
Consider a diabetic patient who comes to hospital in a coma and is not attended to because the doctor concerned is on strike.
Think of a casualty whoâ€™s involved in an accident, has got internal haemorrhage, whether pulmonary, cardiac, Epidural, and cannot be attended to because the surgeon concerned is on strike?
Fellow patriotic Kenyans, it is high time that we start putting public interests first before we put those of our own. Whom shall we blame when we shall have lost engineers, accountants, professors, mention all cadres who have a defined health status, just because there was a strike?
I humbly take this chance to plead with government to use any means possible within its powers for the good of the people of this sovereign nation and avert the looming strikes. This benefit may not be felt if you, government, avert this in time, but it will be more honourable and of blessing to the people of Kenya. It shall hold a life that would probably have perished and save a soul that would be cut its life short.
Similarly, I request all doctors wherever they may be reading this from, to find any other amicable way of resolving salary disputes without letting patients suffer. I urge you if you can please, to re-read Hippocratic Oath which inspires many to join this noble profession and take into account what it encourages. By saying this I donâ€™t mean you are unjustified to claim and even demand for your pay. Itâ€™s very right indeed and justified of you. But the manner in which you do it please let it not be a way that will leave a tear flowing somewhere innocently. Consider the consequences before going ahead with the possible decision.
My Hope that you will Consider My Plea!