Nurses resume duty after five months strike



Nurses have heeded to the call by their union bosses to resume duty after their five month strike was called off Thursday following an agreement reached between themselves, the council of governors and the health ministry.

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A spot check in several hospitals across the country revealed nurses had reported to work Friday morning as directed, ready to undertake their daily duties.

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The agreement was reached after the two levels of Government agreed to raise the nurses’ fringe benefits including uniform and nursing allowance after a negotiation held Thursday evening at a Nairobi hotel.

Normal operations resumed at the Coast General hospital and health facilities in Kisumu county with patients steaming into the facilities to seek services.

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While calling off the strike, Kenya National Union of Nurses secretary General, Seth Panyako, apologized to the public for the prolonged strike which he observed had immensely affected Kenyans who mostly rely on public hospitals.

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The industrial action that began on June 5th crippled service delivery in public hospitals across the country, leading to suffering and deaths of many poor Kenyans who could not afford care in private hospitals.

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Nurses who have away from duty for five months have been pushing for the signing and registration of their collective bargaining agreement.


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