The Star (Nairobi)

16 May 2014

Kenya: Kikuyu Hospital Nurses Strike Over CEO

Nurses of the PCEA Kikuyu Hospital in Kiambu county were on Tuesday barred by guards from entering the hospital's compound to protest against management.

Efforts by a Kenya National Union of Nurses official Joseph Wadereva to have them enter into the facility were futile. The guards are reported to have told the workers that the management had a more important meeting.

"The management said it could not call off the meeting to listen their grievances," Wadereva told the press. The nurses downed their tools to protest against what they termed "mismanagement of the hospital".

The nurses who spoke on condition of anonymity called upon the government to intervene and ensure their CEO Dr Patrick Kimpiatu is fired.

They said he runs the facility, which is owned by the church, like his own business.

"Our efforts to talk to some senior church leader over the issues has fallen on deaf ears since nothing changes. We have been falsely accused of negligence, being overworked and telling lies to customers who are our patients. We feel the objective of this facility has been misused" a nurse said during the protest.

They left the facility as early as 7am, and matched through the Thogoto trading centre, passed near the Alliance Girls high school, carrying twigs and placards to send their message well that they want their CEO to step aside.

Wadereva alleged that the union has received reports that the facility has been offering internship's to international nurse student's without the knowledge of the Kenya medical and dentist board and the KNUN, which is the procedure.

"Whenever nurses of such a facility goes on strike, just know there is something bad. We have received reports of negligence, breaking of KNUN procedures and intimidation of nurses, and that is why we are here to address these issues" Wadereva said.

The press too was also denied access to the facility by the guards who said they were acting on orders from the management, not to let anyone except patients enter at their gates.

However, a lot of patients who were coming, we leaving even before entering the gate since all the nurses were outside the gate.

"I had brought my son since he is suffering from pneumonia, but I have decided to go back and look for medication from another hospital since these nurses are on strike, no work can take place here today, you can waste your time by entering there" said Josephine Wanjiku.

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