SERVICES DISRUPTED

Embu health workers boycott work to demand pay

The medics want the Public Service Board to pay July and August salaries before they can resume work.

In Summary

• Outpatient services were disrupted and patients in wards left unattended.

• No services were offered in the laboratories, pharmacies and in the morgues.

Health workers demonstrate in Embu town on September 9, 2020
WANT PAY: Health workers demonstrate in Embu town on September 9, 2020
Image: Reuben Githinji

Embu residents were unable to get services in all public hospitals on Wednesday after health workers boycotted work to demand salary arrears. 

Outpatient services were disrupted and patients in wards left unattended. No services were offered in the laboratories, pharmacies and in the morgues.

The workers from all cadres want the Public Service Board to pay July and August salaries before they can resume work. 

 

They say the PSB has not paid Covid-19 special allowances and failed to harmonise salaries of workers on contract as well as remit last year's statutory deductions.   

Led by the Kenya National Union of Nurses’ national chair Joseph Ngwaci, the workers demonstrated on Embu streets and sought audience with Governor Martin Wambora. 

Unionist Dennis Mugambi said they issued a notice to the administration but it had adamantly refused heed to their cries.

The workers condemned county secretary Johnson Nyaga for failing to meet and discuss the issue with them. They said they will not resume duties until their demands are met.  

Patients who went to the hospitals seeking services were stranded and returned home. Relatives of patients in wards had to look for private hospitals.

Eustace Nyaga, whose nephew had been in hospital for two weeks after being bitten by a cobra in Mbeere, said they would look for another facility. 

Mercy Mbae who had bought her son for treatment went back with him.

 

They called on the workers and the county government to agree on how to end the strike.