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KMPDU boss Davji Atellah hit by Teargas Canister during doctors’ protest

By Antynet Ford

Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists, and Dentists Union (KMPDU) secretary-general Davj Atellah was today hit by a teargas canister during protests over the delayed posting of medical interns.

In a statement to their X handle, the doctors union condemned the police for the hurt of their leader saying he was leading a peaceful protest when he got injured.

“We condemn in the strongest terms the shooting of our SG Davji by the police this afternoon when he was leading the medical interns in a peaceful march. The doctors of Kenya have endured enough! This is the straw that breaks the camel’s back.” Their statement read in part.

Atellah was rushed to Nairobi Hospital where he is currently admitted and receiving treatment.

Before today’s protest, the KMPDU boss had written a letter to the Nairobi Regional police boss notifying him of the peaceful protest over the delayed posting of medical interns and the payment of fees for postgraduate students.

The medics marched from the Kenya Medical Association Centre in the Upper Hill area to the Ministry of Health offices and were thereafter to proceed to the Treasury headquarters in the city centre.

Last week, the union boss had threatened a nationwide strike if over one thousand interns would not be hired as he criticized the Ministry of health accusing them of refusing to absorb the medics thereby denying Kenyans medical services.

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