Tana River nurses adamant as strike set from midnight

Tana River County nurses strike to commence at midnight./COURTESY

Tana River, KENYA: Nurses working in Tana River County will be downing their tools from midnight.

The strike plan for the 174 nurses working in Tana River County reached climax after talks with Governor Dhadho Godhana over the nurses’ agreement failed to bear fruit.

Speaking to nurses from various health facilities who had gathered at Hola referral Hospital on Friday, nurses unions Tana River branch secretary Damon Kwaraa said unlike other coast counties’ bosses, the county chief failed to comply with their agreement.

Kwaraa also blamed Council of Governors (CoG) for misadvising President Uhuru Kenyatta to giving a stern direction calling of the strike.

“Our strike is valid, we are not going against the President’s directive because it was only addressing those who were already on strike,” said Kwaraa.

The union chief told his members to forget about emotional attachment towards patients and not to avail themselves around public health facilities to minimize chances of defying their strike.

“Even if you will be serving a patient please finish with the patient so that they don’t say we are enemies, finish with the delivering woman, make sure she is not bleeding then leave the facility for home as soon as we end our services at 11:59 PM on Sunday,” the secretary general added.

His remarks were echoed by branch chairman Shehe Balagha who urged the nurses to work until Monday morning if conditions allows.