Back to work, we are tak­ing roll call, Bu­sia Health chief of­fi­cer warns strik­ing nurses

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties -

Strik­ing Bu­sia nurses have been or­dered back to work. “The of­fi­cers in charge hence­forth should take roll call and record at­ten­dance for fu­ture in­tended ac­tion. I wish to thank the staff who de­fied the or­der to down their tools,” Health chief of­fi­cer Asoka Itur said in a memo on Wed­nes­day.

Asoka said union of­fi­cials were in­sin­cere in mar­shalling mem­bers to strike af­ter walk­ing away from a meet­ing with county of­fi­cials. The nurses are de­mand­ing pay ar­rears and pro­mo­tions. If the nurses per­sist with the strike, to­day will be its fourth day.

On Wed­nes­day, Bu­sia County Re­fer­ral Hos­pi­tal med­i­cal su­per­in­ten­dent Dr David Muk­abi said 20 pa­tients are be­ing at­tended..

“Nurse man­agers are at­tend­ing to them. The num­ber could have been high but most pa­tients were trans­ferred by their rel­a­tives for fear that they might not get treat­ment,” he said.

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