Pumwani to Hire 70 Nurses in Two Weeks

Pumwani to Hire 70 Nurses in Two Weeks

The Nairobi government will post 70 nurses to Pumwani Maternity Hospital in two weeks in a bid to fill a staffing shortage, City Hall has said.

Some 51 nurses have been suspended for taking part in an illegal strike.

The nurses have been on strike since March, citing a heavy workload and threats by the community following the disappearance of twin babies.

Health executive Benard Muia said the county public service board is interviewing more than 1,500 applicants.

Speaking at the hospital on Monday, Muia said the county will hire 100 nurses, 30 of them to be posted to other health facilities.

“We have given Pumwani preference because of its recent challenges,” he said.

The country’s largest maternity hospital receives between 70 and 80 patients a day with only three to five nurses attending to them now.

“The challenges that Pumwani and other hospitals in the city have gone through should never happen again. We will hire as many nurses as required,” said Health Chief Officer Robert Ayisi.

The county has absorbed 87 nurses who were on the economic stimulus programme, he added. The two officials sought to dispel fears that hospital operations are paralyzed.
-The star

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