The Star (Nairobi)

21 December 2012

Kenya: 100 Nurses in Embu Resume Work

The government it may seem has made good its threat to sack all striking nurses. ( Resource: Kenyan Govt To Sack Striking Nurses

Some 100 nurses at the Embu Provincial General Hospital have abandoned the strike The hospital has about 200 nurses. However, operations are yet to resume in most of the wards, which are empty.

"We are not that bad off as we are offering substantial services after half of our nurses resumed duty. We are still not admitting patients but we are better off than the first days," said Medical Superintendent Dr Gerald Nderitu.

The nurses strike has been going on for some three weeks. Most patients have been forced to seek medical services in private hospitals after the hospital refused to admit patients as the doctors, clinical officers and casual workers could not handle the situation.

The Kenya National Union of Nurses asked nurses to down their tools after the government failed to dialogue with them. The nurses are demanding a review of their basic salaries and a registration of their union.

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