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Governors bullish as health workers strike continues

16 December 2013, 08:01 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Governors have remained bullish over the health workers strike arguing that the demands being asked of them are unreasonable, and have threatened to sack the striking workers if they do not resume duty.

Health workers have maintained that they will remain in the hands of central government until systems are in place to ensure they are in good hands at county level.

They argue that the county governments are not yet ready to handle the large workforce and demands that the health sector has.

And with the strike entering its second week services have been paralysed as patients bear the brunt of the lack of services.

Hospitals all across the country have been left in a dire state and the actions have forced governors to threaten sacking workers.

The Kakamega, Bungoma, Tharaka Nithi, Kirinyaga and Narok governments threatened to sack and advertise the jobs if the workers do not resume duty this week.

Bungoma governor Ken Lusaka said that his government is looking for a solution to the matter.

" We need a quick solution to this matter because it is of no help to the country. We need it solved soon and will look for ways of doing so as soon as possible, he said.

In Kakamega, the county government has already advertised jobs as is the case in Narok, where the workers have been given an ultimatum to resume duty.

The health workers though insist that they will not be cowed by the threats as they are protected under the workers union act.

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