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Nurses issue 14 days strike ultimatum

03 February 2014, 16:44 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) has issued a 14 days ultimatum to the national government to hire more nurses at the Nyeri Provincial General Hospital (PGH).

The union’s Nyeri region general secretary, Seth Panyako and Chairman Jophinus Musundi, said that if the plea is not fulfilled, the nurses will go on strike.

Panyako said the hospital has severe shortage of nurses stating that 89 nurses need to be employed to fill the gaps in the maternity ward which currently has 36 nurses.

During a press briefing at a Nyeri hotel, the officials said the deficit has made it difficult for them to cope with patients and offer services.

The union also asked the government to employ 1 192 nurses to fill the gaps in the entire County including the general wards at the PGH.

They noted that the entire nursing staff level in the County stood at 847 against the required number of 1 929 nurses.

They were responding to allegations of negligence reported the media recently where a family lost their newborn baby at the hospital under unclear circumstances.

The officials attributed the death to acute shortage of nurses at the facility, saying that they will no longer take the blame when things go wrong in health institutions due to under staffing.

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