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Kisumu nurses defy Governor Nyong’o’s request to return to work

Oliver Peter
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Nurses on strike in Kisumu County on February 4th 2019. [Source/Robin Njogu/Twitter]

Nurses in Kisumu County are still on strike after defying Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o’s request to end the strike and go back to work.

The governor requested nurses to report back at their respective workstation on Friday, but the move did not yield any fruits.

“The nursing workforce has been requested to go back to work, one because the Salaries Review Commission has not allowed the governors to respond positively to their requests and two the court itself has set the motion, a process that will allow reconciliation to continue among the parties concerned,” said governor Nyong’o while addressing members of the press.

He added, “In view of the above explanations, I am calling upon the nurses in Kisumu County to go back to work today (Friday) by 4 O’clock because it is an essential service,” he said.

The governor and a section of his officers later met officials of the Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) for deliberations on ending the strike.

The nurses are demanding for the Implementation of the return to work agreement signed in November 2017.

The strike which is on its 6th day continues to paralyze delivery of health services in public hospitals in Lakeside County.

Kisumu County Hospital is among the most affected by the strike.

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