Kisumu County resorts to contract nurses as strike bites

Following nurses strike, Kisumu county government has resorted to hiring nurses on contract.

According to a statement by the Governor’s Press Unit on Saturday, the department of health will immediately deploy the nurses.

“The department is calling upon qualified nurses willing to locum to urgently report to Kisumu County Hospital with credentials for immediate deployment,” reads the statement.

The statement comes a day after Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o directed the nurses to go back to work as their matter was being handled by the national government and Council of Governors.

Nyong’o directed the nurses to go back to their work stations by 4pm on Friday or face unspecified consequences.

The strike was suspended for 60 days by the labour court to allow for negotiations.

However, nurses defied the court orders and vowed to continue with the strike until their demands are met.

The court issued the orders after the Council of Governors sought an injunction.

KNUN deputy secretary general Maurice Opetu on Wednesday dismissed the court orders, saying they will stay put.

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