7 December 2012

Kenya: Moi Eldoret Hospital Nurses Report for Duty As Strike Continues

Nurses at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital yesterday reported to work as their colleagues in other public hospitals continued with their strike.

The hospital handled an increased number of patients as services at other hospitals in the town and its environs were affected by the ongoing nurses strike. MTRH CEO John Kibosia said the nurses are going on with their usual duties.

Nurses at the MTRH and the Kenyatta National Hospital are employed under different terms, as the two hospitals are considered state parastatals.

In other public hospitals in Eldoret and its environs, some nurses reported to duty but said they were on a go-slow. Nurses, who today enter their fourth day of the strike, are demanding for better terms and conditions of service.

Meanwhile, Kibosia said the hospital is set to implement a paperless operations system that will lead to computerisation and automation of most processes.

"The paperless system will be environmental friendly and will enable us cut down on the use of paper by more than 60 per cent to start with," said Kibosia at the hospital yesterday.

MTRH has trained most of its staff on ICT to enable them to effectively manage the new system when it is launched early next year.

Kibosia said the hospital will implement other seven new projects that will cost more than Sh5 billion. Donors and the government will finance the projects, some of which are underway.

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