The Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) Nandi County branch has affirmed that nurses will down their tools officially from Monday till the government addresses their grievances.
Led by the KNUN Nandi County secretary Mrs Jane Chelimo, they said that health services in all the public hospitals and dispensaries across Nandi will be paralysed and urged the patients to seek medication elsewhere as the facilities will not be operational from Monday. This will coincide with a nationwide health workers strike.
They’ve cited poor working conditions and a lack of personal protective equipment at work which has endangered their lives especially during this period of the Covid-19 pandemic. They revealed that the health fraternity in Nandi County is in mourning due to the demise of one of their colleagues, who until his demise was working at Kapkangani health center and he succumbed to Covid-19 complications.
They accused Nandi Governor Stephen Sang of neglecting them, saying he is instead busy working on harambees across the County, “We can’t continue keeping quiet as if everything is in order yet we are neither safe nor fine at the work place due to lack of quality personal protective gears and working conditions,” they said.