Murang’a county government and nurses told to embrace dialogue

The Murang’a Senator, Irungu Kang’ata has said standoff between the local County Government and nurses will greatly affect the poor residents.

Kang’ata on Friday noted that numerous demonstrations staged by nurses have paralyzed service delivery in public health facilities thus affecting patients seeking medical care in the hospitals.

He said nurses should engage the county government into amicable talks which will see their grievances to.

Last year many people suffered when nurses participated in a six-month strike and the return to work formula should be adhered to by the two parties.

We don’t want to see another scenario where people will lack treatment at public health facilities and I pray the standoff will be solved very soon, added the senator.

Kang’ata said nurses strike in most cases affect expecting months and patients inpatients.

On Wednesday, nurses from all public health facilities within the county staged a demonstration outside governor’s office demanding payments for months they were on strike.

The nurses also accused the county government of failing to submit their statutory deductions, claiming they have been denied access tocredit and insurance services due to failure of remitting monthly premiums.

The health workers said they will not attend to their duties until they get their salaries as stipulated in the return to work agreement.

Murang’a governor has however vowed not to pay nurses who participated in the strike claiming the six-month demonstration was declared illegal by court.

Mwangi accused the nurses of being incited by some local politicians to disrupt operations in the public hospitals.

Kang’ata said statutory deductions should be remitted promptly and urged the county government to solve the problems which hinder their remittance.

I don’t see why workers statutory deductions are not remitted immediately after they are deducted from their salaries. Those responsible should own up and stop pushing workers to problems. He added.

Source: Kenya News Agency