Noble Samburu nurses defy strike order
A group of 15 nurses in Samburu ave defied the strike called by the Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) which has now lasted more than hundred days even after sacking threats from county governments.
In defiance of KNUN, the nurses have instead volunteered and helped 300 pregnant women deliver at Samburu County Referral Hospital.
Deputy Governor, Julius Leseeto, and County Executive (CEC) in charge of Health, Lydia Letinina, have said that the nurses have opted to report to work, a decision that has attracted a lot of criticism from their colleagues who are still on strike.
“We laud the nurses for being brave considering they could have been attacked by irate nurses who felt they were going against their union’s directive,” Deputy Governor Leseeto said.
The Deputy Governor said that the County Public Service Board has moved swiftly and employed the nurses to enable them continue with their good job.
“The selfless action by the nurses to remain professional has greatly helped manage the crisis which could have been a full-blown disaster had they decided not to help. As the County leadership, we will make sure that they are employed and are settled at their place of work,” the Deputy Governor said.
According to Samburu County health reports, a total of 250 normal deliveries and 50 caesarian sections have been successfully conducted during the 108 days that the nurses have been on strike.
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