Nurses’ strike persists in Trans Nzoia

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Nurses demonstrating in Kitale, Trans Nzoia County
Nurses demonstrating in Kitale, Trans Nzoia County

The ongoing nurses’ strike has paralyzed health services in Trans Nzoia County. The nurses in the County have urged the goverment and the Council of Governors to honor the nurses’ Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Led by the KNUN Branch Secretary in the County Willy Sifuna, they vowed they won’t go back to work. He said the relevant authorities have taken them for a ride, adding that they won’t accept anything short of the stipulated increment.

His sentiments were echoed by the Trans Nzoia Union of Workers chairman Edward Cheruiyot who supported the nurses’ decision. He said the nurses have been ill-treated when it comes to remuneration and its time for their issues to be resolved amicably without further delay.

“We are appealing to the Council of Governors and the Ministry of Health to quickly resolve the problem pertaining the nurses’ strike so that we can work in harmony,” said Cheruiyot. Due to the ongoing strike, patients have been adversely affeced, “We are the ones heavily affected by the nurses’ standoff and we are appealing to the relevant authorities to find a solution to the ongoing strike so that normal service may resume,” said Amos Wekesa, a patient at the district hospital.