Nairobi, KENYA: As health workers strike progresses the Kenya National Union of Nurses KNUN, has refused the audience of Cabinet Secretary for Health Dr. Cleopa Mailu and the Principal Secretary Dr. Nicholas Muraguri.
The chairperson John Bii said that Dr. Mailu does not care about medical workers because of his utterances that he did not want to meet them.
Mr. Bii alleged that Dr. Muraguri called him so that he could offer a bribe to stop the strike.
In this regard, KNUN wants the two sacked from their dockets.
“The CS and PS are not serious with the lives of Kenyans. We don’t want to engage with them because of their actions. They say they don’t want to talk to health workers,” Deputy Secretary General KNUN Morris Opetu said during a press briefing in Nairobi.
“Government should put in place measures to handle Human Resources in terms of remuneration. Nurses on the same job level are getting different salaries. Salaries and Remuneration Commission SRC should stop burying their heads under the sand. Government should also ensure that doctors’ and nurses’ salaries are raised and their welfare streamlined,”Mr. Bii remarked.
The Union said it was ready to negotiate with the help of a neutral party from the Ministry of Labour.
Government Spokesman Eric Kiraithe, in a press statement released to newsrooms, said that there needed to be talks addressing the current strike.
“The situation therefore necessitates robust engagement between the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentist Union KMPDU, The National Treasury, the SRC, the Council of Governors, and the Ministry of East African Community, Labour and Social Protection, in order to reach satisfactory solutions that are ethically acceptable and legally and fiscally practicable,” he advised.
He added that the Ministry of Health remained ready to facilitate good-faith discussions between all the concerned parties.
“Countless Kenyans mothers, fathers and children in need of emergency attention are unable to access it. Many have been left teetering on the precipice of death, “said Kiraithe.