Stalemate in health sector deepens
SEE ALSO :Nurses in yet another strike threat“I think you have all noticed I was the first to walk out. I have told the county secretary and other officials in that office that I will not sit down with them and continue discussing the same things,” he said. According to Nganda, nurses have not received their salaries for two months. The more than 500 nurses claim the county government owes them more than Sh420 million. January bills “Today is February 20 and we are yet to pay our January bills. We are unable to feed our families yet the county government is telling us about the exchequer. They expect us to sit in a meeting to be given promises. Let the county sort out its house and call us for a meeting when they have solutions,” said Nganda.
SEE ALSO :Nurses in strike threat for higher payHe said it was absurd for county government officials to ask the nurses for suggestions on how they wanted to be paid. “Why are they asking us to work if they have no idea how to handle us? This question is asked every other time. We are going to release all the patients admitted in the hospitals and go back to our homes until we are paid,” he said. But Mr Anyona denied claims of non-payment for two months, saying the county government owed nurses only their January salaries. He attributed the delay in payments to failure by the exchequer to release money to the county.