AIC Kijabe Hospital has reduced the number of inpatients it can admit following a nurses strike that started on Monday.
In a statement issued to newsrooms yesterday, the hospital communication team said only emergency cases at the casualty and critical conditions will be attended to.
The mission hospital will also reduce the number of patients admitted in its wards and referral cases from other hospitals.
âAs we sort out this strike, we will reduce the number of admissions and referrals we receive because of the limited capacityâ reads the statement.
The hospital has, however, assured the general public that itâs clinics in Naivasha, Marira in the Kwa Mathore area along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway and Nairobi will remain operational.
The main hospital, which is 7km from the Nairobi-Nakuru highway, will receive accident victims and critical conditions such as fire victims.
Over 300 caregivers, who are members of Kenya National Union of Nurses, downed their tools demanding a 36.7 per cent on their salaries.
KNUN deputy secretary general Maurice Opetu said the lowest paid nurse earns a Sh 18,000 and a house allowance of 4,176 a month.
âThis is too little compared to the kind of work we do. There have been negotiations on this issue but the hospital management has refused to honour the agreement,â Opetu said.
Speaking at Lari subcounty headquarters, Opetu said the nurses will not return to work until their demands are addressed.
The nurses had gone to the deputy county commissioner Aaron Korosâs office demanding a permit to hold a peaceful protest on Monday.
They said that when they issued a strike notice on January 25, a court order was issued stopping the Mondayâs strike.
Opetu was accompanied by KNUN officials from the hospital Richard Kamau, Elector Juma and George Mburu.
The hospital, however, said it is committed to negotiate the nurses' salaries and a allowances.
with KNUN over its nurseâs salaries and other allowances.
However, Opetu advised the nurses to remain at home as negotiations are ongoing between the KNUN and the hospital management.
âWe advise our nurses to remain at home until an agreement is reached. Any attempt by the hospital to hire other nurses will be dealt with it legallyâ Opetu warned.
Patients have urged the management to hasten the talks since they are suffering as they wait in the long queues at the outpatient wing.
âWe went there at 8am and we were treated at 3pm. If there were enough nurses, weâd have left before 1pm, just like what happens. They need to quicken their agreementsâ says Paul Mwangi.
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