• Thu. Oct 29th, 2020


ByBeatrice Muthoni

Aug 6, 2020

Just as Kenya is at the peak of covid-19, the country is about to face serious health crisis as nurses and health workers threaten to strike on Monday.

A research done by the university of Nairobi shows that by next month more than 241, 000 severe covid-19 cases will be reported in the country with 102, 742 patients showing symptoms while 8, 755 requiring admission in hospital.

Despite this situation where Kenyans are expecting the nurses and health workers to be battling to find solution facing the country, what they are getting is treats of shutting down entire health centers over unpaid salaries and other welfare concerns.

According to health workers union they have said that more than 720 of their colleagues from different counties have tested positive for covid-19 while other 10 have succumbed to the disease.

In counties like Homa Bay, Kisumu, Siaya and Mandera, health workers been avoiding work over unpaid salaries and allowances.

Nationwide strike has been announced by nurses and clinical officers which is said to start on Monday 10th Aug 2020.

KNUN secretary general Seth Panyako has said that the lives of nurses are not going to be sacrificed and the following must be done to protect them

1~provide N-95 face masks

2~improve environment and working conditions

3~provide medical insurance

4~ provide risk allowances

They have said that they are not going to listen or engage the counties anymore but will speak in a voice that they will understand better and that language is striking .adding that none of their workers will report to work unless they receive their salaries.

KUCO secretary general George Gibore has asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to extend the risk allowance until June 2021 or until the end of Covid-19.He has also expressed his fear saying that since their colleagues tested positive for the virus they have not since received any testing or contact tracing as health workers.

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