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Murang’a health workers go on strike

30 December 2014, 19:01 Joseph Njung’eh

Murang'a - Health workers who were employed under the Economic Stimulus Programme (ESP) contract in Murang’a County have gone on strike to protest against what they termed as mistreatment by the county government.

The more than 200 health workers marched to Murang’a Level-4 hospital seeking audience with the county director of health.

The demonstrators, who have been working without documents after the expiry of their three-year contract by end of last month, demanded an explanation as to why they have not been absorbed as permanent employees.

They claimed that the county government had promised to employ them and improve their working conditions and remuneration but that is yet to be fulfilled.

The health workers including nurses, clinical officers and pharmacists also protested against the County Public Service Board’s proposal to extend their contract for three months.

Led by nurse Paul Kinuthia, the workers claimed their colleagues who are employed on permanent basis earn double of what they get and yet they do similar work.

Also read: Striking doctors take battle to the streets

They vowed not to resume duties until they are provided with employment documents.

The county director of health, Winfred Kanyi, however said county officials in the health sector were dealing with the matter.

Winfred said she could not promise when the matter will be solved as she urged the workers to be patient and go back to attend to patients.

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