Kenya’s doctors protest poor state of health care

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NAIROBI, KENYA (AP) - Emergency rooms in some of Kenya’s public hospitals frequently don’t have gloves or medicine. Most alarmingly, power outages sometimes force doctors to use the light from their phones to complete a procedure.

Doctors in public hospitals in Kenya are on their 17th day of a strike over the dilapidated state of public health care.

Kenya’s government so far is not listening to the doctors’ demands. Last week the government fired 1,000 of the 2,000 striking doctors despite a shortage of skilled medical practitioners

Attempts to hold talks this week with officials from the Ministry for Medical Services failed, prompting the doctors to flood social media with tell-all stories about deplorable conditions of public hospitals in an effort to pile pressure on the government to improve the situation.

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