Kakamega patients are now a ‘burden’
‘I wonder why they have opted to make strikes a routine at patients’ expense’
The Busia County Hospital is overcrowded because it has received too many patients from Kakamega, Governor Sospeter Ojaamong has said.
Kakamega nurses and doctors from public hospitals have been on strike since last week. They accuse the county of intimidation, discrimination and failing to promote them.
Ojaamong said the county accepted patients referred from the Kakamega County General Hospital “on humanitarian grounds”. He spoke during the burial of former Vice President Moody Awori’s nephew George Awori in Samia on Tuesday.
“It is a burden on us considering we are also receiving several patients from Uganda. But we will try our best despite the limited resources,” Ojaamong said.
He said he will meet Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya and Bungoma’s Kenneth Lusaka to find a lasting solution to doctors’ and nurses’ strikes.
This is the third time health workers in Kakamega have gone on strike. “I wonder why they have opted to make strikes a routine at the expense of suffering patients,” Ojaamong said.