Health services in public hospitals in Nairobi County have resumed after Governor Mike Sonko struck a deal with the medics over their long-standing grievances.
Over 700 nurses who had downed their tools after two days returned to work after the county boss agreed to include the service and uniform allowances within two days in their January salaries.
During a meeting with Nairobi City County nurses at City Hall. My administration reached a deal with the health workers over their long-standing grievances. My County Gov’t will pay the nurses increased allowances and also effect stalled promotions among other issues. pic.twitter.com/sBAcOgc888
— Mike Sonko (@MikeSonko) February 5, 2019
This makes Nairobi the fourth county after Mombasa, Migori and Machakos to honor their pledges in the return-to-work formula that was signed in 2017.
The nurses had before planned to hold peaceful demonstration on Wednesday (today) at Uhuru Park at 9am.
Nairobi county which hosts the largest referral hospital in the country, Kenyatta National Hospital, was among 11 counties that were hit by the boycott that paralyzed services in various health centers including Mbagathi Hospital, Mama Lucy Hospital, Pumwani Maternity, Mutuini Hospital among others.
The governor further promised to effect stalled promotions in the county’s healthcare system.
However, the court has suspended the industrial action ordering the Council of Governors and Kenya National Union of Nurses to negotiate and end the boycott.
KNUN Secretary General Seth Pancake vowed not to attend the meeting initiated by the Cabinet Secretary of Labour and Social protection Amb ukur Yattani citing that others counties have honored their commitment to the nurses.
More counties are expected to join the strike in the course of the month.