Services in Kitui hospital paralyzed as nurses’ strike bites

Services at the Kitui County Referral Hospital remained paralyzed as the countrywide nurses’ strike entered its second week.

A spot check by KNA established that most wards remained deserted and locked up, with only a handful of patients nursing fractured limbs and put under traction remaining in the orthopedic ward.

The patients now rely on their relatives for care, as there is no nurse to attend to them.

I have since last week, camped in this hospital to look after my father who broke his leg following a road accident. No one seems to care about us here. We have simply been left on our own, lamented Jackson Mulinge.

He said his ailing father has not even been given painkillers and that he was forced to get some from pharmacies.

At the onset of the work boycott last Monday, the hospital administration through the Medical superintendent Dr. J.N. Mungai advised patients admitted at the facility to vacate the wards and seek treatment from private healthcare centres.

The stranded patients and their kin called on the national and county governments to move with speed and address the demands made by the nurses to end their suffering.

The medics want a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) signed between the Kenya Union of Nurses (KNUN) and the Council of Governors (CoG) implemented, or they continue with the industrial action, which has thrown the entire national health sector into a crisis.

Source: Kenya News Agency