Currently, the hospital is attracting at least 1,200 out-patient clients per day with a increase in patients from other counties such as Meru, Tharaka Nithi, Kitui and Kirinyaga.

“Personnel at the facility will be employed on a two –year contract and those underperforming will be sacked. This will increase efficiency," said the governor, adding that the move will ensure service delivery at all times even when other health workers are on strike.

STRIKING NURSES

The county boss at the same time said plans were underway to sack striking nurses saying there was no money to pay staff who have not reported to work for over 100 days.

He also noted that there was an on-going process to renew contracts of 30 nurses who were employed on a temporary basis at the Embu Teaching and Referral Hospital when the nurses' strike began.

However, his statement elicited sharp reactions from MCAs who called on President Kenyatta to intervene and have the nurses strike called off.

Assembly Deputy Speaker Steve Simba said the government should not allow the Council of Governors to take the front seat in addressing the issue since some are politicising it at the expense of citizens.

He said threatening nurses is misinformed and meant to intimidate them adding that only the president can put an end to the strike.

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