In Summary
  • Tharaka health workers through their unions have threatened to paralyse services in all health facilities in the county by October 28.
  • Their demands include: enrollment in a pension scheme, promotions, enhanced NHIF cover and salary arrears dating back to 2017.
  • Governor Njuki said he had engaged the leadership of the workers’ unions and promised to meet their demands progressively.

Tharaka-Nithi Governor Muthomi Njuki has appealed to health workers in his county to shelve the planned strike and give him time to address their grievances.

Kenya National Union of Nurses (Knun), Kenya National Union of Medical Laboratory Officers and Kenya National Union of Clinical Officers (Kuco) have threatened to paralyse services in all health facilities in the county by October 28 if the employer does not enroll them in a pension scheme and give them promotions.

They also want the enhanced National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) cover and payment of salary arrears, some dating back to September 2017.

Speaking in Maara Constituency Monday, Governor Njuki said he has engaged the leadership of the workers’ unions and promised to meet their demands progressively.

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Refuting Knun General Secretary Seth Panyako’s assertion that the county government has demonstrated insincerity and lack of seriousness in implementing of past agreements, the county boss said he has addressed most of the grievances that he found when he took over from the previous leadership.

“In the department of Health I found arrears totalling to Sh200 million inclusive of unpaid salaries and unremitted statutory deductions and by last week the only balance that had not been paid was Sh8 million and there are plans to clear it,” said Mr Njuki.

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