Patients admitted and those visiting Marimanti level 4 hospital have been flushed out of the facility and forced to seek treatment from other health facilities following the start of strike by health workers in the county.
Our spot check in the facility revealed that activities have been halted with patients visiting the hospital being left on their own despite having to pay for undelivered services.
Speaking to News Flash 254, the patients and caretakers said they are most disappointed by the act of the hospital attendants to charge them medical fees whereas after making the payments they are informed that the workers are on strike and therefore the services are suspended.
“ My son was admitted here yesterday with fractured hand fingers and we were asked to pay Sh 4,000 for the treatment. I was shocked to be called and asked to pick my patient while I have not been refunded the payment I made, ’said a parent
Another patient narrated how she was forced to vacate the hospital premises unprepared where she has been admitted after coming out of Maternity.
“I was admitted here while pregnant and I have stayed here after coming out of maternity. I am disappointed for being forced to vacate the hospital un prepared and told to heal at home following the strike by health workers,’’ a patient said.
The strike comes even after Tharaka Nithi county governor Muthomi Njuki pleading with the workers to halt the strike with a promise to look into their grievances.
Nurses have gone into strike protesting lack of health insurance cover for its workers, payment of risk allowances among other grievances. Further, Kenya national union of nurses secretary in Tharaka Nithi Mr. Fabian revealed that they are protesting discriminatory insurance covers among their members in counties which should be addressed.
“We have members of our union who came from the national government but given to counties and who we share the same job groups with but you find those who came from national government are given comprehensive insurance cover while those for county government are not covered. This is despite monthly deduction of Sh 1,700 to all members meant for the same,’’ Mr. Fabian said.
The union secretary also said the members requires compensation in case one dies from ravaging covid-19 pandemic so that the deceased are not left behind suffering after demise of their bread winners.
As the strike continue nationally with nurses vowing not to return to their work places until their grievances are heard and solved, residents have pleaded with the government to intervene the matter so that they does not continue suffering.