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Health officials hold meeting on the nurses’ strike

hIn the wake of the country wide nurses strike, Health County Executives and Chief Officers were on 7th June 2017 engaged in an emergency meeting to explore mitigation measures to sustain service delivery in the meantime. The meeting delved into the contentious proposed CBA while looking at the current status of health across the country after the strike.

Indeed the strike has had a negative impact on health facilities however, Counties have come up with measures to ensure that services are not hampered.

County Governments have gone out of their way to recruit locums and casual staff to handle the bulk of the emergency and casualty services. Additionally, those with mission hospitals within their regions have entered into partnerships to ensure that those critical cases are dealt with. Renal, Dialysis and newborn units in most counties are however not affected as health workers in the units continue to provide services.

The Chairman, Council of Governors H.E. Josphat Nanok while addressing media after the meeting empathized with citizens who bore the brunt of the strike. He urged the health workers to go back to work as negotiations continue and termed the strike illegal. The chairman supported the Salary and Remuneration Commission's recommendation that the proposed amounts of approximately 40billion were unsustainable. However, all is not lost as much ground has been covered and therefore nurses need to give dialogue a chance.

The chairman was joined by H.E Jack Ranguma, Chairman Health Committee and H.E William Kabogo the Council's whip. Earlier on the Council held discussions with the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Labour, Mrs. Phillis Kandie to understand County Governments’ position in the matter and unearth where the challenges are. The Council of Governors reiterates its commitment to finding an amicable solution to the stalemate with the intention of ending the nurses’ strike and improving health services in Kenya.

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