Nurses in Laikipia go on strike

Nurses in Laikipia County Thursday went on strike totally paralyzing the outpatients department.

They said they took the action after the County government failed to address their grievances as per the ultimatum they had given it which expired on 31st, December 2015.

The grievances include delayed re-designation and promotions and payment of resultants arrears, implementation of new house allowance for civil servants and nonpayment of leave uniform allowances for the last two years.

Other complaints include congestion of patients in the wards leading to sharing of beds by patients, poor working environment and shortage of health workers among others.

County Executive Member in charge of Health, Doctor Njoroge Wangui told the press in his Nanyuki town that operation in the wards remained normal.

Njoroge added the mandate to promote and re-designate all civil servants was vested on County Public Service Board (PSB).

He appealed to the striking nurses to resume work and be a bit patient saying on December 28, 2015, the County secretary wrote to PSB concerning promotion of all employees in various departments.

When reporters arrived at Nanyuki Teaching and referral hospital Friday they were turned away by irate security guards manning the gate.

The guards at the same time did not allow patients into the hospital compound instead directing them to private facilities.

By Margaret Kirera