Seth Panyako: Health sector is under siege

KNUN Secretary General Seth Panyako.

The National Nurses Association of Kenya (NNAK) has asked the Council of Governors (CoG) to consider dialogue with striking nurses before resorting to other disciplinary measures.

According to the Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN), the Salaries and Remuneration Commission has ignored their plight concerning the terms of engagement.

“Time has come for health workers to speak in one voice, the public has not been given the report to have a say in the report by Price Water Coopers(PWC), a condition that is degrading nurses as unskilled professionals,” said Panyako.

“Leaders representing COTU must be fully elected by registered members.”

This comes amidst several meetings between the CoG and the Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) that has casted a dark shadow to the solution of the striking nurses.

The strike that has entered the 101 day today has seen most of the Clinical Officers have started feeling the heat of the nurse’s strike.

In most government hospitals, clinicians are performing nursing duties, in addition to their work. Kenya Union of Clinical Officers says many of their members are working for 18 hours daily, with some literally sleeping in health facilities.

Speaking during an interview with a local television station, Makueni Member of Parliament Dan Maanzo has termed the ongoing strike as an overlap of powers between personalities and institutions making the strike to last for more than three months now.

“Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu has been fighting with his principal secretary on matters of nurses strike, a clear indication that it is more of an internal affairs,’’ he  says.

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