The administration of the Coast Provincial General Hospital (CPGH) on Saturday started discharging patients, following doctors and nurses’ strike.

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More than 800 health workers from the region were among the over 4,000 county staff that are on strike since Friday over non-payment of July salaries.

Some patients who decided to stay at the facility were on Saturday discharged, while those at the hospital are not getting any services. 

“Some (patients) are being discharged whereas others are still in the wards but no services are being offered,” said a security officer at the hospital as quoted by Nation.

The workers blamed Governor Hassan Joho's administration for failing to pay salaries on time.

According to insiders, critical services including the Intensive Care Unit, Maternity Unit and general wards were the hardest hit.

“Those are critical areas that cannot operate without doctors. The situation is dire,” a doctor at the facility said.

Deputy Governor William Kingi noted that he was not aware that patients were being discharged from the hospital.

“I know there is a strike but I do not know why or whether patients are being discharged from CPGH,” said Dr Kingi.