Africa

7 Kenya medics union officials freed; strike continues

  • A doctor holds his stethoscope in the air as he and other medical staff protest the detention of their union leaders, outside an appeal court in Nairobi, Kenya, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. A Kenyan court has released seven doctors who are officials in the medics' union and who were jailed earlier this week for not calling off a strike by doctors working in public institutions. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

    A doctor holds his stethoscope in the air as he and other medical staff protest the detention of their union leaders, outside an appeal court in Nairobi, Kenya, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. A Kenyan court has released seven doctors who are officials in the medics' union and who were jailed earlier this week for not calling off a strike by doctors working in public institutions. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Doctors and other medical staff protest the detention of their union leaders, outside an appeal court in Nairobi, Kenya, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. A Kenyan court has released seven doctors who are officials in the medics' union and who were jailed earlier this week for not calling off a strike by doctors working in public institutions. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

    Doctors and other medical staff protest the detention of their union leaders, outside an appeal court in Nairobi, Kenya, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. A Kenyan court has released seven doctors who are officials in the medics' union and who were jailed earlier this week for not calling off a strike by doctors working in public institutions. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Doctors and other medical staff protest the detention of their union leaders, outside an appeal court in Nairobi, Kenya, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. A Kenyan court has released seven doctors who are officials in the medics' union and who were jailed earlier this week for not calling off a strike by doctors working in public institutions. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

    Doctors and other medical staff protest the detention of their union leaders, outside an appeal court in Nairobi, Kenya, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. A Kenyan court has released seven doctors who are officials in the medics' union and who were jailed earlier this week for not calling off a strike by doctors working in public institutions. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)  (The Associated Press)

A Kenyan court has released seven doctors who are officials in the medics' union and who were jailed earlier this week for not calling off a strike by doctors working in public institutions.

The decision to free the seven was made Wednesday by three judges of the appellate court.

About 1,000 doctors outside the court celebrated the officials' release and held a peaceful march to Parliament and Nairobi's Freedom Park. More than 5,000 doctors from public hospitals are on strike over pay and to protest Kenya's dilapidated health care system.

Health minister Dr. Cleopa Mailu told the Senate committee for health that he had agreed to the release of the officials. The union had said that no negotiations would be held until the seven were freed.