By Anthony KaiKai
Essential services at Narok County referral hospital remain paralyzed six weeks after nurses downed their tools demanding implementation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) signed last year.
A spot check at the hospital revealed empty beds in the wards with patients being turned away.
The situation at the Narok county referral hospital remains dire following the ongoing nurses strike that has paralyzed essential medical services in most public hospitals.
A tour of the county’s largest public hospital reveals a state of desperation with patients being turned away to seek medical attention elsewhere.
Lucy Wanjiru, a resident of Majengo estate complained of the slow pace at which patients are being attended to by the remaining staff claiming she was had been turned away last week when she visited the hospital to seek medication for her ailing child.
The nurses who have been holding weekly demonstrations have vowed not to relent until the CBA signed between them and the government is implemented.
Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) Narok branch Secretary General Nicholas Sankei said they will stay away from work until the County and National governments honour their part of the bargain.
Meanwhile COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli is blaming senior government officials for the ongoing nurses strike.
Atwoli says the officers had neglected their mandate in ensuring labour disputes are settled amicably to save Kenyans from the current crisis.
The COTU boss who spoke in Naivasha specifically took issue with senior Ministry of Labour officers whom he said are doing nothing to solve the impasse.