Patients suffering due to the ongoing strike by nurses

Health services at Vihiga referral hospital are still paralyzed as nurses continue with their strike forcing patients to seek medical services from private sectors.

A spot check by KNA revealed that the hospital main entrance was closed and most patients were turned away because the nurses had not reported to work.

The survey also revealed that most beds at the facility were empty and clinical officers in the hospitals were doing random check up on patients with minor complications who were treated and discharged.

The strike which seeks to force the government and council of governors to sign the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) is now on its 33 day.

Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) has accused some of the county governments of paying nursing allowances for two months and then held payments for the following month before they went on strike.

The union has said both the County and National government were insensitive to their plight and have refused to adopt the CBA.

KNUN has about 45,000 members countrywide and this will largely affect the overwhelmed health sector reeling under the threat of strikes by various health professionals.

United Nations Children’s Fundy (UNICEF) has already raised alarm that the strike will fuel more causalities as diseases’ outbreaks are being reported in several parts of the country.

The UN body added that nurses take part in the administration of these vaccines during outbreaks, and more than 25,000 nurses who participate in this exercise were now on strike, paralyzing medical provision in public hospitals which attend to more than 80 per cent of the population.

Source: Kenya News Agency