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Lamu nurses return to work empty handed


Lamu County nurses have returned to work without any penny from the county government.

The nurses and other health workers have been on strike since December 2020.

They took the industrial action after the county government ignored their demands for better health services to Lamu dwellers.

The nurses among other demands they want Lamu county government to pay their salaries on time, pay all other allowances as per the Ministry of health directive among others.

“We also want to be protected from Covid-19 infection before we protect the community from the same,” said their representative, Anne Keroche.

Ms Keroche said despite appealing to the government to provide them with Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) Lamu county government has remained mum.

“By asking the government to protect us as frontline workers is that asking too much?” Noted the health practitioner.

She said though they returned to work they will still demand for their rights until Lamu county government heed their cry.

The nurses are also demanding that all their statutory deductions are remitted to the relevant authorities within the stipulated time.

Lamu health workers have been for a while in battle with the County government over poor working conditions.

Some of the health workers contracted Covid-19 completely grounding health operations in the county.

The Lamu County government has however remained mum over the wrangles facing the health sector.

Comparing to other counties among them Mombasa and Kwale, the governments embraced dialogue between them and the health workers where they reached an agreement.

However, Taita Taveta county sacked over 400 nurses who were recently replaced by new ones.

The battle between the nurses union and Taita Taveta County government is still on.