Patients in Vihiga want the government to resolve nurses’ strike

Patients across Vihiga County have appealed to national and county governments to quickly address the nurses’ strike to prevent further suffering and possible deaths.

A spot check by Kenya News Agency (KNA) on Friday revealed that except Mbale Rural Health Centre in Vihiga that was providing minimal services, other public health facilities across the county were not operating.

Patients interviewed at Mbale Rural Health Centre expressed their frustrations, with most of them blaming both the national and county governments for the nationwide strike, which entered its sixth day Saturday.

As much as nurses stand accused of the violating the cardinal rule which demands them to guard human lives against diseases, national and county governments are responsible for the current crisis within sector, observed a patient.

Some of the patients thanked the facility for offering basic services to outpatients at least to relieve them of pain.

Officers at the facility were basically diagnosing and prescribing drugs for specific ailments to the patients.

Though we appreciate the little services being offered at the Mbale facility, we urge the government to resolve the stalemate to stop further suffering of our people, said Mrs. Margaret Ogore, from Idavaga village.

The patients appealed to government officers, stakeholders and nurses to reach an amicable deal to enable health services resume in all facilities across the country.

Source: Kenya News Agency