Kakamega residents who could not find services at the Kakamega County Referral Hospital (KCRH) opted to visit the Administration Police (AP) dispensary and the GK prisons clinic following the nurses’ nation-wide strike that has entered its second day and which saw operations at the referral facility halted.
A spot check by KNA witnessed several sick persons accompanied by their relatives leaving the hospital to seek services elsewhere.
There was a long queue of the sick at the AP dispensary where services have not been disrupted
We have been told that only emergency cases will be handled and so we are going to the other facilities where we can be attended, said Ann Khasala, a patient.
Most of the sections at the hospital were deserted save for interns from the Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) and a few clinical officers.
The on-going standoff between the nurses and their employer over an unfulfilled Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) signed in December last year.
The nurses accuse the County Government and the Ministry of Health for failing to honor the provisions in the return-to-work formula that was ratified at that time.
The Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) Kakamega branch Secretary General Renson Bulunya said the strike will continue until their demands are met.
Bulunya took issue with the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) for declining to give the green light to the CBA.
The SRC maintains that the reviewed the terms and conditions of service for the nurses and all the other public servants should take into consideration the affordability and sustainability of the new packages.
The residents interviewed expressed their despondency about the persistent turmoil in the health sector and appealed to the authorities to find a lasting solution to the problem.
Source: Kenya News Agency