The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Rift Valley -

Kenya Na­tional Union of Nurses na­tional chair­man Jack­son Bii son Fri­day said most coun­ties are yet to de­velop the re­quired in­fra­struc­ture to deal with the com­mu­nity’s health needs. “De­vo­lu­tion of health ser­vices has not been ben­e­fi­cial to Kenyans as ex­pected be­cause of mis­man­age­ment by the county gov­ern­ments,” he said. The union said some of the health equip­ment sent to county hos­pi­tals by the na­tional gov­ern­ment is ob­so­lete. Bii ac­cused the gov­ern­ment of fail­ing to build ca­pac­ity for health staff to use equip­ment. He said many county hos­pi­tals are un­able to han­dle sim­ple med­i­cal con­di­tions and this causes con­ges­tion at na­tional re­fer­ral hos­pi­tals. KNUN has com­plained of nepo­tism in re­cruit­ment. Bii said work­ers are vic­timised. Last month, nurses called off their planned strike af­ter meet­ing the county gov­ern­ment. But KNUN says the county has not im­ple­mented changes.

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