HIRED IN 2019

Homa Bay nurses demand permanent jobs as contracts expire

The medics want county government to pay them their July salaries by Monday next week

In Summary

• Governor Awiti last week employed 1,475 ECD teachers on permanent and pensionable terms. The teachers have been working on contractual terms.

• On Tuesday, the nurses union warned that the exit of the medics is going to cause a serious shortage in the sector.

Homa Bay Kenya National Union of Nurses chairman Amos Ogaga and secretary Emmadic Okeyo in Homa Bay town on August 2, 2022
Homa Bay Kenya National Union of Nurses chairman Amos Ogaga and secretary Emmadic Okeyo in Homa Bay town on August 2, 2022
Image: ROBERT OMOLLO

The nurses union has demanded that Homa Bay Governor Cyprian Awiti employs 136 members whose contracts expire on Thursday.

The nurses were hired in 2019 for three years.

The Kenya National Union of Nurses said they have not received communication from the Homa Bay government on what will happen after the contracts expire.

Governor Awiti last week employed 1,475 ECD teachers on permanent and pensionable terms. The teachers have been working on contractual terms.

On Tuesday, the nurses union warned that the exit of the medics is going to cause a serious shortage in the sector.

Homa Bay KNUN deputy secretary Emmadic Okeyo and chairman Amos Ogaga urged Governor Awiti's administration to employ the nurses on permanent and pensionable terms.

Okeyo told journalists in Homa Bay town that the county government should tell them what will happen to the nurses after Thursday.

Governor Awiti is due to exit office after next week's election.

“Let Governor Awiti ensure they know their fate before he leaves office,” Okeyo said.

The medics asked the county government to pay them their July salaries by Monday next week or they will go on strike.

Okeyo said they want their salaries paid before the general election to prevent delays.

“Our employer is accustomed to paying our salaries late. This should not happen this time because a general election may come with issues which can delay the salaries for long,” he said.

Ogaga told the county government to avail drugs and non-pharmaceutical items to improve medical services during the elections.

“We want the county government to give us tools of trade to enable us to serve residents well during the electioneering time. Things like gloves and other non-pharmaceutical items should be available to enable us to deliver health services well,” he said.

Edited by A.N

Homa Bay Kenya National Union of Nurses chairman Amos Ogaga and secretary Emmadic Okeyo in Homa Bay town on August 2, 2022
Homa Bay Kenya National Union of Nurses chairman Amos Ogaga and secretary Emmadic Okeyo in Homa Bay town on August 2, 2022
Image: ROBERT OMOLLO
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