Patients in Kirinyaga still stranded as health workers strike enters day 8


Patients in Kirinyaga still stranded as health workers strike enters day 8
Kirinyaga County health workers on strike. PHOTO | FILE

Patients in Kirinyaga County continue to suffer with no solution in sight as the health workers strike entered the 8th day on Wednesday.

The workers’ unions are warning patients to brace for a longer strike and are adamant that Governor Anne Waiguru’s administration has failed to meet their demands.

Kirinyaga residents, who said they did not have money to pay for services at private hospitals, have resorted to seeking medical treatment from Embu County.

In Mwea Mission Referral Hospital, the high number of patients seeking services has plunged the hospital into a crisis.

According to the hospital’s Sister -in- charge Josephine Ndege, the maternity unit is very congested and some patients have to sit on the corridors.

She further added that they are forced discharge patients within one day to create space for others.

Sister Josephine said death cases are also reported in the mission hospital due to late referral from primary health care centres.

She also disclosed that the management has recalled the health workers from annual leave due to the congestion.

Dr. Samuel Muchai, the chairman of Kenya Medical practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) said they are still waiting for the county to enter into negotiations with them.

Last Wednesday, health workers at a Kerugoya hospital downed their tools and went into the streets to demonstrate.

The health workers are demanding among other issues the reinstatement of over 300 casual workers who were sent home from the county referral hospital.

However, according to the county government, the wage bill is unsustainable and is a serious issue that the National Treasury had also raised.

Governor Waiguru defended the move to sack the casuals saying that the hospital was overstaffed with 346 casuals compared to the required capacity of 152 casuals.

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