In Summary
  • The 300 nurses are stationed at Mathari, the National Spinal Injury Referral Hospital, the national blood bank and the JKIA's port health department.
  • Allied to Knun’s city branch of nurses employed by the ministry, the nurses joined the nationwide strike that began in 24 counties last week.
  • They also want the nursing service allowance of Sh3,000 per month, the uniform allowance of Sh5,000 per year and promotions.

Nurses working at four referral hospitals in Nairobi have insisted that they will not return to work until their demands are met.

Their decision came after the Health ministry invited union officials and other parties to a meeting at the NSSF headquarters in Nairobi.

The 300 striking nurses are stationed at the Mathari Mental Hospital, the National Spinal Injury Referral Hospital, the national blood bank and the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport’s port health department.

The medical workers, who belong to the Kenya National Union of Nurses, are employees of the national government, which manages Level 6 or referral hospitals in the country.

CRISIS

The nurses' action has paralysed services at three facilities.

Operations at the Kenyatta National Hospital, the country’s largest referral facility, are however unaffected since its nurses belong to the Kenyan Union of Domestic, Hotels, Educational Institutions, Hospital and Allied Workers (Kudheiha).

The branch decision came in the wake of a closed-door meeting of ministry representatives led by Principal Secretary Peter Tum, officials from the human resource department and union officials.

The meeting took place on Monday afternoon and was aimed at resolving the crisis caused by the strike.

PROGRESS

Branch secretary Maurine Nzioka said the meeting’s proceedings had been "fruitful" and "shown signs of good progress", but insisted that nurses would remain on strike until their demands were met.

She noted that the government assured them it would sign a commitment letter promising to pay their outstanding uniform and nursing service allowance by 2 pm Tuesday.

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