Kenya has joined the rest of the world to commemorate the international nurses’ day which is celebrated on 12th may every year.
The day is set aside to highlight the role of nurses and their achievements in the healthcare sector.
The Ministry of Health led the plaudits saying, “As we mark international nurses’ day today, our gratitude goes to hardworking nursing staff who have been in the frontline in the fight against COVID-19. This year’s theme is “Nurses: A Voice to Lead – A vision for future Healthcare.”
Kenyan nurses took time to celebrate various achievements in the last few years made possible through their union, Kenya National Union of Nurses.
They include absorption of ESP Nurses into Permanent and Pensionable terms, reinstatement of their colleagues who had been dismissed from Pumwani Maternity Hospital as well as various County referral hospitals as well as promotions and designations of National Government Nurses and some other Counties through Courts.
They have also managed to sign a number of Recognition Agreements which have resulted into signing of CBAs with Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, Kijabe Mission Hospital and Tenwek Hospital.
The nurses’ union has also signed Recognition Agreements with the National Government, 47 County Governments and Kenyatta National Hospital and negotiations for CBAs are underway.
However, they continue to experience a number of challenges in their line of duty among them shortage of Nurses to meet the WHO recommendation ration of 1: 5, casualization of Labour in respect of Nurses, lack of standard Personal Protective Equipment in the work place in the wake of COVID-19 Pandemic and underpayment and sometimes delayed payments.
“As we join our colleagues in all parts of the world to celebrate the nurses and their achievements, we call upon all our colleagues to remain faithful to their calling, remain united in fighting for their rights and remain vigilant lest we lose what we have so far achieved through our solidarity,” They said.