As nursing fraternity hold on to their ongoing national strike citing betrayal from doctors who have since announced resumption of duties after coming into consensus with government, Tharaka Nithi governor Muthomi Njuki has lauded his nurses for considering the plight of the common man and resuming their vital duties and pressed on the need to always use dialogue in solving disputes.
Speaking during the sendoff ceremony of a young nursing intern from Maabi in Rubate in Chuka Igambangombe sub county, Njuki said it is an honour to the health workers for siding with the people by resuming duties but said there are other better ways for the health workers to air their grievances than resulting to strike.
“To our health workers, thank for standing with us. We have done our best to keep our promises to health workers in the county and we will keep doing our best to look into their welfare,’’ he said.
“However, there are always other ways of solving disputes and it is important that when we disagree, we sit at the table and talk instead of resulting to strikes that would hurt our people and whom we strive to serve,’’ Njuki added.
Further, the county boss said that during his tenure as the governor the health sector in the county has seen tremendous positive changes including timely settlement of health workers salaries which has motivated them to work as others strike.
“we have always ensured that our health workers are paid in time unlike in the recent past where they had to go for months without their remunerations. There are counties whose health workers will be receiving their October salaries this month whereas we have already paid the December salaries to ours and therefore they have no reason to join their colleagues in other counties to strike,’’ Njuki noted.
Speaking during the event, the Kenya National Union of Nurses national secretary Mr. Seth Panyako strongly faulted devolution for sideling workers in public service and instead turning to benefit leaders in the service of the day.
“Devolution has totally failed the public servants and instead turned to benefit the politicians and big business people. For four months now there is no money to counties yet you are talking about the BBI,how will you achieve the 35 % revenue share to counties yet you have failed to achieve the current 15 %,?’’Panyako wondered.
He however urged leaders to shun politicks aimed at hindering other leaders from carrying out their mandates and instead wait for 2022 to unseat leaders who will have failed in delivering service to the people.
The two were speaking at Maabi PCEA church in Rubate, Chuka during a burial ceremony of Kelvin Gitonga who was a young nursing intern at Chuka County referral hospital and who died a few days ago in mysterious circumstances, with the cause of his death yet to be established.
While nursing fraternity has vowed to get on with their national strike that started weeks ago, their colleagues from Tharaka Nithi county announced to halt their strike barely two days after kick off after what their union leaders termed as coming into terms with the county government.
It now remains a matter of watching to see the direction other counties whose nurses are on strike will take to have their health workers resume duties to end the suffering of patients witnessed in hospitals as a result of the strike.