Health service provision worsens

Provision of Health services has been hampered after cleaners at the Busia County Teaching and Referral hospital downed their tools on Thursday, due to unpaid salaries.

One of the cleaners who spoke to KNA on condition of anonymity said they had not been paid for the past four months.

She added that the Company they were working for could not remit the workers payment since the County government had not paid them for the past nine months.

Today we came here but found prison inmates offering cleaning services, said the worker, adding that they will not resume duty until they were paid.

Meanwhile, the hospital’s medical Superintendent Steven Okech said the nurses’ strike had adversely affected service provision at the facility.

Currently, we are only handling minor ailments like fever at the outpatient department, he said, adding that those in critical conditions cannot be kept in the wards.

He urged the County government and Council of Governors to resolve the nurses’ strike since patients were suffering.

Nurses in the County have vowed not to resume duty even if the contentious Collective Bargaining Agreement is signed, citing poor working conditions at the health facilities.

Busia County executive for Health and Sanitation Maurice Siminyu however urged the nurses to go back to work and offer services to members of the public, adding that the issue of the CBA was beyond the County government.

Source: Kenya News Agency