[Photo File:Uasin Gishu Health Minister Dr Eunice Jepkoech Siria]
Operations in Uasin Gishu District Hospital remains paralysed after the nurses’ strike entered day two today.
The Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) has remained adamant that the nurses’ strike will remain on until Uasin Gishu County Government gives in to their demands.
KNUN Secretary General John Bii has said that nurses will not resume their duties until the County Government addresses their three months salary delay.
The union is accusing Uasin Gishu County Government and specifically officials in charge of health for not paying nurses under the Economic Stimulus Programme (ESP) for the last three months.
Bii said the County Government has refused to absorb and pay nurses who were transferred to the county and have been offering services.
‘The County Government is mistaken to think that by threatening and intimidating nurses, we will abandon our cause,’ said Bii
Bii was referring to statements by County Secretary Peter Leley and Health County Executive Dr Eunice Jepkoech Siria that the strike is illegal as the County did not recognize KNUN.The two insist that the County Government had not signed or entered into any agreement with Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN).
As the stalemate between the county government and nurses over three months pay delay continues, patients will have to seek treatment services from other alternative hospitals until the issue is resolved.