Embu County Hires Nurses

Embu County Government has employed 30 community nurses to assist patients at this time that the nurses have downed their tools.

Governor Martin Wambora said many of the nurses have been deployed in the Level 5 hospital and others in public health facilities to alleviate suffering of patients in the County.

He said the nurses will be engaged for three months, adding that plans are underway to employ more to meet the demand.

He said they hoped that the Salaries and Remuneration Commission and the nurses union will find a solution to the strike where nurses have downed tools to press for the implementation of a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

We do not want to interfere with the negotiations between SRC and the nurse’s union. We just employed health workers on short term basis to lessen the suffering of the patients, Wambora told the press today.

All the 680 nurses working in public hospitals in the county boycotted work on June 5 in solidarity with their colleagues countrywide to demand for the effecting of the CBA that awarded them enhanced allowances.

The nurses went on strike just two months after another strike by doctors that had lasted 100 days and paralysed operations in hospitals countrywide.

Source: Kenya News Agency