Mombasa nurses threaten to go on strike on Christmas day

Mombasa KNUN Mombasa branch secretary general Peter Maroko (in white shirt) together with other officials during the press briefing in Mombasa. PHOTO: HILLARY MAKOKHA.

Mombasa, KENYA: Members of the Kenya National Union of Nurses Mombasa branch on Tuesday threatened to go on a strike beginning Christmas day (25th Dec) if their five-month salaries and allowances will not be settled by Friday.

Addressing a press briefing in Mombasa on Tuesday, KNUN Mombasa branch secretary general Peter Maroko said the county government of Mombasa has not paid nurses since the month of June.

“We wish to inform the County government that if we will not be paid by Friday we will down our tools without any further notice,” said Maroko.

The union officials also called upon Mombasa residents to transfer their patients to private hospitals since there will not be services in all public hospital if they will not be paid salaries.

Mr.Maroko told County government to prepare for a strike that will last until their demands are settled.

“Nurses in Mombasa are unable to pay rent, bails and even afford fare to go to work,” said Maroko.

Already reports reaching Baraka FM indicate that patients scheduled for surgery at Coast General Hospital are being turned away following a go slow by the nurses.

Meanwhile, the County government has said they are going through financial problems but promised to pay their salaries and allowances.