Nurses urged to end the ongoing strike

Kiharu Member of Parliament Irungu Kang’ata has asked the government and nurses to hasten talks that would see services in public hospitals resume.

Kang’ata who is vying for Murang’a senatorial seat on a Jubilee ticket said there was a lot of suffering in hospitals after nurses went on strike paralyzing delivery of services.

Speaking during a free medical camp he organized in Gatanga Sub- County on Saturday, the youthful legislator observed that most of the affected people were of poor background since they could not afford treatment at private hospitals.

Our nurses should soften their stand and agree with the government so that services in our hospital may resume, he added.

Many people from the area flocked the camp seeking treatment forcing the doctors to extend treatment time up to 8pm.

Majority of those treated said the camp was of a great relief to them as they had failed to raise funds to seek medication in private facilities.

One of the residents, Mary Wambui who took her daughter for treatment pleaded with the government to solve the stalemate for medical staff to serve again.

I have been wondering where to take my child for treatment and I appreciate this medical camp but the solution is when we see nurses resume their jobs, observed Wambui.

Poor people, she added were greatly affected by the strike as the public hospitals usually helped many people, especially from rural areas.

Services in all public hospitals and health centres in Murang’a have remained paralyzed after nurses joined their colleagues in the national strike.

Meanwhile, Kang’ata dismissed those who were claiming that he was using his Constituency Development Funds (CDF) to organize the medical camps, saying he sourced support from well-wishers and friends.

I will continue organizing free medical camps in different parts of this county and I appeal to my opponents to stop politicizing the initiative since I started organizing medical camps after I was elected in 2013, remarked Kang’ata.

Source: Kenya News Agency