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Nurses, Mombasa county Gov’t deliberations flops

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[NUN Mombasa branch secretary Peter Maroko. Photo/Ahmed Omar].

Hopes for normalcy in Mombasa health sector have been thwarted after deliberations between nurses and the county government hit a snag on Wednesday.

The nurses who on Wednesday protested Mombasa County government sluggish manner of handling the two months nurses strike said they will not return to work until they grievances are amicably addressed.

Led by Nurses Union Mombasa County Branch Secretary Peter Maroko, the nurses said they have suffered enough.

4 months

Maroko said they have not received their salaries and allowances for the last four months.

He said despite pleading with the Mombasa County government to settle the matter so that the two parties reach an agreement, the county government has ignored their plights

“We have been locked in deliberations with the county government but our discussions have so far yielded nothing,” said Mr. Maroko.

The nurses are demanding payment of salaries, all allowances and all statutory deductions paid on time.

They are also demanding a comprehensive medical cover.

“Let them handle our issues the way they did with doctors,” said Maroko.

Maroko revealed that though nurses demanded their two months dues before they return to work, the county has been reluctant in according them an ear.

“We are apologetic to Mombasa dwellers but delicate the situation it is, it’s not our fault,” he reiterated.

Dishonest

On his part, Clinical officers Union Mombasa chapter Secretary Frankline Makanga scoffed at the County government for dishonest.

[Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho].

He said they earlier agreed on a return to work formula but it has been reluctant in sign the document.

“We will continue paralysing all health services in the county until the county government heeds our cry,” he said.

Health services in the county have been drastically affected even after doctors returned to work after agreeing on a return to work formula with the county government.