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Government moves quick to solve nurses's plight

Rachael Atieno
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Health Principal Secretary (PS) Eng Peter Tum address the press in Mombasa April 6, 2018. [Photo/MoH]

Health Principal Secretary (PS) Eng Peter Tum has urged nurses to network with other partners to boost government resources for achievement of highest standard of health as enshrined in the Constitution.

The PS noted that to realize improvement on health indicators, numerous resources are required and since nurses command the largest workforce in the country they can provide maximum contribution to enable Kenya to achieve 100 percent Universal Health Coverage. 

Tum made the remarks during the closing of the nurses and midwives four days conference in Mombasa on Friday. 

He observed that nurses in Kenya are part of the "Nursing Now" Global Campaign which, is based on making nursing central to health policy to improve health and wellbeing. 

He indicated that the Ministry of Health would give the nurses the necessary support to enable Kenyan nurses engage in the campaign.

He appealed to the leadership of the nurses, especially Kenya National Union of Nurses (Knun) and the professional associations to embrace dialogue at all times even as they champion for the plight of nurses and midwives. 

He revealed that the national government together with the council of governors and other relevant state agencies were doing everything possible to conclude the discussions especially on issues of grading of nurses following the job evaluation done by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) and the signing of CBA.

"The ministry in consultation with the Council of Governors and other players shall revisit the matter and come up with a way forward so that nurses and midwives are able to provide services without disruption," said Tum.

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