West Pokot nurses down tools as strike takes effect

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KNUN Secretary General Seth Panyako said the current situation in the ongoing nurses strike is just a tip of the iceberg
Nurses union Secretary General Seth Panyako (centre) urged nurses to remain firm after President Kenyatta ordered them to go back to work

West Pokot County nurses have joined their counterparts in the ongoing nurses’ strike that has entered day two and has affected select Counties countrywide. A spot check at the Kapenguria Referral hospital on Monday revealed that some of the patients were discharged as many beds remained empty.

Doctors were seen attending to patients and all the nurses kept off from the hospital as they protested. The nurses who spoke to media said they will not go back to work until all their grievances are addressed.

Led by West Pokot County Kenya National Union of Nurses chairman Mr. Noel Longronyang said the County government has not implemented the return to work formula and some of the nurses have not been promoted.

The secretary Mr Simon Konocho added that the nurses have not been paid enhanced nursing services allowance and the Collective Bargaining Agreement wasn’t honoured. They said in unison that they will not go back to work until their concerns are addressed. KNUN Secretary General Seth Panyako had affirmed that the strike won’t be stopped and it’s right within the law, after Labour CS Ukur Yattani had called for its termination to pave way for talks.