Kakamega pa­tients are now a ‘bur­den’

‘I won­der why they have opted to make strikes a rou­tine at pa­tients’ ex­pense’

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - JANE CHEROTICH @TheS­tarKenya

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.

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