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Improve welfare of all nurses, union tells county governments

HEALTH & SCIENCEBy ERICK ABUGA | Fri,May 06 2016 18:13:25 EAT
By ERICK ABUGA | Fri,May 06 2016 18:13:25 EAT

 Kenya national union of nurses secretary general Seth Panyako addresses the press in Bungoma town. He gave the Bungoma County government two weeks ultimatum to absorb all the 202 health workers who had been employed on contract under the Economic Stimulus Programme. The health workers were complaining that they had been left out and the freshly graduated health workers employed on permanent and pensionable terms despite working for four years. (PHOTO: TITUS OTEBA/ STANDARD)

The Kenya National Union of Nurses wants a pension scheme to be established for all nurses and their pay harmonised. At the same time, the union complained that some counties had not promoted nurses.

Speaking during the launch of the 12-day International Nurses celebrations at Gusii Stadium, the union's secretary general Seth Panyako complained that  nurses have been mistreated and undermined in  Bomet and Nairobi counties.

In Nairobi, he noted, 64 nurses had been sacked while another 74 had not received their salaries since December last year.

Mr Panyako said that nurses in Migori, Busia, Kwale and Bomet had not been promoted.

“We will not accept a situation where nurses are paid like cleaners. It is unfortunate that a nurse can be paid a house allowance of Sh2,700 only,” he said.

Panyako reignited the debate on the Health Bill and said the proposed law was flawed and had not been brought before the public for their input.

“The Bill is out of touch with the aspirations of Kenyans; contributions by healthcare workers were trashed by some people in Government to satisfy their personal interests. The nursing fraternity will be rendered useless with such provisions,” he said.

Kenya Progressive Nurses Association Chairman Thaddeus Mayaka asked governors to let professionals manage the health dockets in all counties.

Kisii Governor James Ongwae, who was the chief guest, said although there were some hitches, most counties had improved the welfare of their medical staff, established more health facilities and acquired modern equipment.

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