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News in the Humanosphere: Kenya’s two-month-old doctors strike cripples health system

Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya. (Credit: SIM USA/flickr)

Kenya’s hospitals have almost ground to a halt, with millions facing a third month in a row without health care as doctors strike over low pay and poor working conditions. The public health-care system has long been overburdened and underfunded, but has now virtually stopped functioning after 5,000 doctors walk out in December after attempts to reach a compromise with the health ministry stalled. “The machines break down frequently, the doctors are overwhelmed. The patients, they are so many that they are lying on the ground,” said Judy Karagania, an ophthalmology resident at Kenyatta National hospital in Nairobi, who is taking part in the industrial action. (Guardian

Relief shipment en route to Rohingya…The ship’s first stop was in the Myanmar port city of Yangon, last week, where it unloaded 500 tonnes of supplies. A representative of the mission on the ship said it would unload about 2,000 tonnes of food and emergency supplies in Bangladesh, though staff were not being allowed access. “We are not allowed to get off the ship or to visit the camps,” said the aid representative, who declined to be identified. The 70,000 new arrivals joined more than 200,000 Rohingya already in Bangladesh, many living in camps, who fled earlier crackdowns in Myanmar. A Bangladesh government official said the ship was on its way to the Chittagong port after anchoring off the coastal town of Teknaf, near the Myanmar border, and arrangements were being made to unload its cargo. (Reuters

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