Lamu nurses withdraw membership from Kenya National Union of Nurses

Lamu nurses withdraw membership from Kenya National Union of Nurses

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Pumwani hospital nurses stage a protest in March demanding better allowances. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Lamu,KENYA: Nurses in Lamu have announced their withdrawal as members of the Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN )citing frustrations by the union.

Lamu County KNUN chair Ali Gabow said the nurses will also not take part in the ongoing nationwide  strike following their withdrawal.

The announcement to withdraw from the union was formally made on December 1st this year.

However, speaking on Tuesday in Lamu,Gabow reiterated that their withdrawal remains unchanged and that nurses in Lamu will continue working unlike the rest of counterparts nationwide, who have since downed their tools.

Gabow has criticized the union’s Secretary General Seth Panyako for pursuing his own personal and selfish interests as the normal nurse continues to suffer.

He said it was unwise for the union to make decisions and implementations concerning nurses without fully involving and consulting all members.

Gabow said as union members,Lamu nurses had felt largely left out and used by union officials to sell their own personal agendas;as such had not seen any benefit of being members hence their decision to withdraw.

He said the stand of the over 200 nurses in Lamu was still the same and that they would not partake in the strike and would instead continue serving the people of Lamu.

“We have been members of the nurses union and as Lamu nurses we decided that there was not much we were being sidelined, those at the top were doing things and making decisions for their own good and not that of nurses. We felt used and therefore decided to withdraw our membership,”said Gabow.

Meanwhile,the number of patients seeking treatment at the Lamu County King Fahad hospital has continued to decrease since the nurses and doctors strike commenced on Monday.

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Many patients have now resorted to seeking medical care in the few private hospitals in the county, for fear of being mistreated by nurses,a theory that is based on what they have seen in the media on the effects of the strike in other counties.

“I think based on what the media has portrayed people have this mentality that they will suffer when they come to public hospitals but we want to clarify that that’s not the case in Lamu.Let people come for treatment,we are here for them,” said a nurse.

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