Kilifi, KENYA: Kilifi county health services department has begun recruitment of more than 70 health workers to salvage the situation in the public hospitals and health centers; as the nurses and doctors’ strike enters day two.
Speaking to Journalists on Tuesday, interim Health services chief officer Baha Nguma said the recruitment includes 36 qualified nurses, 12 pharmacists and 18 medical officers among others who would be deployed to Kilifi County hospital, Malindi sub-county hospital and Mariakani sub-county hospital.
“We really do not understand why this came about because we had agreed in the collective bargaining with them. We have already began recruiting other health workers to save the situation in the entire County.” said Nguma.
He said they had also agreed with North Coast Medical training center and Pwani University to allow fourth year medical students to assist patients under supervision of clinical officers.
“This will help in the emergency and causality wings in hospitals which have neither nurses nor doctors,” added Baha Nguma.
“We have also asked assistance from Kenya Medical Research Institute KEMRI and they have already stepped in, to help the children section in hospitals during this period to avoid causalities. Police have also been deployed to all public health facilities to deter union officials from interrupting generous medics treating patients,” Nguma added.
The acting chief officer said critical cases will be referred to three private health facilities after Coast General Hospital issued a cancellation notice of referrals during the striking period.
He said patients in Mariakani Sub-county hospital will be referred to Seaside Hospital, those in Kilifi County Hospital will be referred to Wananchi nursing home, while those in Malindi Sub -County will be referred to Tawfiq Hospital.