Crisis looms at Pumwani hospital as health workers down tools

Pumwani Maternity Hospital. The hospital has received donations worth more than sh. 2 million to help in the fight against COVID-19./COURTESY

Nurses on contract bases at Pumwani hospital have downed their tools after the hospital failed to pay their four months’ salaries.

Led by Peter Mwangi and Judith Adongo, the workers have accused the hospital management of frustrating and intimidating them and vowed not to resume duties until their dues are paid.

In a statement, the nurses noted that a previous meeting with the hospital administration has been unsuccessful, citing a previous memo where they had been promised to be paid in 2 weeks.

However, the hospital has blamed the situation on the delayed ‘linda mama’ and National Health Insurance Fund [NHIF] reimbursements from the Nairobi County Government.

Under the Linda Mama package, the government promised to pay sh.6,000 to any woman (registered on NHIF) covered, which was not the case.

But according to the hospital administrator Geoffrey Mosiri, the activities at the hospital has not been affected by the strike since county nurses, doctors and other cadres are at work.

“Yes they have not been paid since November but the process of payment is ongoing at the county government. We forwarded the list of those nurses and doctors and anytime from today they will receive their pay,” said Mosiria.

Mosira has urged the nurses to resume work as their payments are on the final stage.