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Shortage of nurses looms as thousands consider quitting

05 February 2014, 16:45

Nairobi - The Kenya National Union of Nurses warned of a looming shortage of health professionals following reports thousands of nurses were contemplating quitting their jobs in search o greener pastures.

A senior official from the union, John Bii, said that more than 3,000 nurses have been looking for employment outside the country due to the prevailing poor working conditions in the country.

He expressed fears that the country might run short of nurses in the near future since 13,000 nurses were scheduled to retire.

“13,500 nurses will be leaving civil service due to retirement. We are in short of 40,000 nurses. Where will they (government) get the replacements? We have heard our nurses have left because they are not happy with the way the government wage is being paid. There is also disparity in the payment of health workers, we have been wondering this disparity will continue for how long?” posed Bii.

There have been a lot of complaints from the union since devolution of health services took effect in compliance with the new constitution.

The nurses were opposed to the arrangement that placed them under the county governments.

They termed as fear of mistreatment by the devolved government.

Nurses have been outsourcing their services to the neighboring countries such as Uganda, Tanzania and Burundi which they claim offered better terms and better working environment.

– CAJ News


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