While sympathising with suffering patients, Mr Nanok said that the governors’ council had done everything possible to end the strike but nurses were adamant on resolving the matter.

“As council we have tried our best by doing everything possible but they have been maintaining their hard stance whereas Kenyans are suffering,’’ he added.

PLEA TO NURSES

At the same time, Governor Muriithi pleaded with nurses to report back to work and give the new county administrations time to look into their grievances.

“They should return back to work as they give the new county administrations time to resolve the whole issue,” he said.

Meanwhile, the nurses’ association says it will move to court to petition against the Health Act 2017 signed into law by President Uhuru Kenyatta in June.

“The president assented to the Bill and it has since been published in the Kenya Gazette but we feel it is not all-inclusive and it is only in favour of doctors, leaving out the rest of the medical practitioners,” Mr Obengo said.

STAKEHOLDERS

He claimed there was no stakeholder participation in the formulation of the law, adding that doctors had hijacked the process.

“We feel it’s a doctor’s Bill and not a Health Bill as portrayed,” he said.

Among others, nurses claim the Act locks them out of the powerful position of director general at Afya House, which is equivalent to the position of director of medical services.

Nurses across the country have been on strike since June demanding the implementation of a contentious collective bargaining agreement.

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui has since formed a taskforce to address matters affecting the health sector in the county, including the nurses’ strike.

The team is expected to table its report by the end of September.

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