Nurses want county governments to improve pay for health workers to avert strikes which constantly paralyse the sector. Through their union boss, Mr Seth Panyako, they said there was need for county governments to harmonise their pay.
“Governors, through their council, should move with speed and negotiate a common bargaining agreement with nurses. Failure to do so will result in chaos because nurses will continue striking,” he said. Mr Panyako cited Homa Bay, Siaya, Kakamega, Busia and Nairobi counties as those lagging behind in improving the nurses’ welfare.
He said while other counties were busy improving the health sector, others were arbitrarily sending home health staff on flimsy grounds. Mr Panyako was speaking in Kisii County during a nurses’ meeting at Gusii Stadium to mark the International Week of Nurses.
The annual event is usually held to commemorate the life of Florence Nightingale. Ms Nightingale was a celebrated English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing. Mr Panyako commended Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua for employing an additional 800 nurses to bridge the gap in the health sector.
“Other governors need to emulate him and employ more nurses in order to ease the biting shortage,” he said. He commended Kisii, Kisumu and North Eastern counties for promoting nurses.