Bungoma county nurses union has called for a strike concerning poor terms of payment. The union leaders say that the strike is legal and in accordance with all the necessary requirements for it to be called a strike.
“We are here today as nurses to confirm that we have officially begun our strike, which will last till the day the government will meet our demands. “This strike is legal and follows the notice letter we had served to the county government of Bungoma and was received by the office of his Excellency the governor.” Said George Barasa, the Union’s Secretary-General.
Talking to West Fm the union’s chairperson Felix Wasike Wanyonyi said that the strike will continue till the day that their demands will be met.
These are the demands before they can resume duty.
Comprehensive workable medical cover
- All nurses currently working under contract to be hired under permanent terms of service.
- Promotion of nurses as promised
- Their irreducible minimums to be addressed to the fullest.
He urged patients to stay away from any governmental health facility within the county since the nurses offering services at the referral hospital are attachés and interns who are not fully qualified to attend to patients.
“We are the teachers of those KMTC students and without our guidance they cannot handle complicated medical issues.”
He also said that they are aware that the parliament had allocated Ksh63 million to the health sector in Bungoma County which they do not understand its expenditure.