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City nurses to hold demo in city centre as strike bites

Nairobi county nurses will on Wednesday hold a demonstartion in the city centre to protest what they say is a breach of a collective bargaining agreement they signed with the government.

The procession by the nurses will start in Uhuru Park at 9am, then head to Afya house, the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) offices and end in Westlands at the offices of the  Council of Governors.

SHOW SOLIDARITY

The county Kenya National Union of Nurses secretary general Eunice Ngari said that they are expecting all nurses to show solidarity by coming out in large numbers to demand for their rights.

“We will hold a peaceful demonstration, we are inviting even our friends from the neighboring counties to join us in the walk that will start in Uhuru park all the way to Westlands. If we will be exhausted, we shall opt for buses to take us to Westlands,” said Ms Ngari.

Nairobi County has employed over 1,600 nurses based in various city hospitals including Mama Lucy Hospital, Mbagathi Hospital, Mutuini Hospital, Pumwani Maternity and all health centers across the county.

‘CAN DO NOTHING’

The Nairobi County Executive for health Dr Bernard Muia said that the standoff is beyond the county and they can do nothing to end the strike.

“Health care providers should never participate in a strike, they should negotiate and dialogue while still working. The consequences of striking is dire to the society at large,”said Dr Muia.

He said nurses in charge of health facilities and those on managerial positions will report to work.