9 January 2013

Kenya: Hospital Chief to Sue State Over Nurses' Strike

Isiolo District Hospital Health Management Committee chairman Mr Hussein Jama yesterday threatened to sue the government for failing to address the plight of the poor following the nurses strike.

Addressing the press at the hospital, he accused the government of not giving the health sector the seriousness it deserves which has led to the current stand off.

He said the fact that the hospital, which is a referal unit for the Upper Eastern region, has not dispensed services since the nurses strike begun a month ago is a situation that should cause concern because the sick could be dying at their homes.

His remarks came after the hospital came under fire following resident's demonstrations after they saw a government vehicle dump a 12-year-old child who had been prematurely discharged from the hospital, in the streets.

The irate mob paralysed activities at Isiolo District Headquarters where they demanded audience with the DC.

They called for immediate action against the management of the hospital saying health care is their constitutional right.

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