West Pokot nurses call off strike

Written By: Samuel Musita
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More than 400 nurses in West Pokot County have called off their strike, bringing to an end three weeks of suffering by patients in the County.

Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) branch officials said the move was reached following a directive by the National Secretary General Seth Panyako to comply with the 60 day court order to give room for negotiations.

Speaking in Kapenguria, branch Secretary general Simon Konocho asked nurses in the county to report to work latest Monday assuring them that nobody will be victimized, adding that the union had agreed to suspend the strike.

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Mr. Konocho  said the nurses have not been informed about those who were sacked .

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“No one has been served with a sacking letter and we are not are.We only heard about it through  the media,”he said.

This comes after the County Government sacked 112 nurses on Contract.

Elsewhere, more than 80 Clinical officers from Kilifi County have launched a free medical camp programme in the seven constituencies to screen and treat patients who cannot afford costs of medical care.

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The medical camp aims to detect people suffering from non-communicable diseases including diabetes, High Blood pressure and Cancer besides offering free treatment.

Hundreds of locals both young and old flocked the Adu dispensary, where the camp is set up, to undergo screening for different kinds of ailments and got free medicine.

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Menza Kirimo the Magarini Sub county clinical officer said the initiative seeks to support universal health care initiative which is part of the agenda 4 of the government.

Kirimo said there is need to employ more medical personnel noting that the County has a shortfall of 209 clinical officers and called on the authorities to come up with a plan to employ more.

The county he said has 95 Clinical officers against the required 309.

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