Tana River nurse managers defy strike

Nurses hold demonstrations in Mombasa. Nurses managers in Tana River have defied the order to strike FILE/PHOTO.
Tana River, KENYA: Some health facilities in Tana River County are still in service.
This is amidst an ongoing nurse strike in the county that kicked off on Monday.

According to County health executive Ms. Mwanajuma Mabuke Hiribae who confirmed the ongoing strike, the nurse managers would help whenever necessary together with clinical officers.

The health boss uttered that the county government was ready to comply with the nurses’ agreement but she also said the government was not ready to go against the law.

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She said despite having the money for the nurses to implement the nurses’ demands, they had tried as the county to discuss with them to wait for the monetary approval from agencies like the Salaries and Remuneration Commission SRC and the treasury.

“We did not deny fulfilling their agreement but we were waiting for the authorities to approve the money so that to pay them because we already had the money, only we didn’t want defy laws. We tried as the county to discuss with the nurses to wait for the SRC and Treasury’s directive but they did not understand,” she said.

Ms. Mwanajuma named facilities like Bangala, Boka, Semikaro, Kitere, Ngao and Hola as those that were offering medical services.

She said that already the county was thinking of hiring nurses to deal with critical cases in hospitals.

Furthermore, the health executive added that the Tana River county government had already resolved some issues like promotions.