The Elgeyo Marakwet county government has begun sacking its 380 striking nurses, Deputy Governor Wesley Rotich has said.
Rotich (pictured) told journalists yesterday they conducted a spot-check on Monday and found that the nurses were not on duty.
“We established that the situation is bad,” Rotich said.
He said they are ready to hire new nurses to restore health services in the county.
“It is not our wish to initiate disciplinary procedures against our nurses. Patients have suffered and we can’t operate without nurses,” said Rotich.
The county has hired volunteer nurses to serve in critical sections in the hospitals and Rotich dismissed claims by local nurses’ officials that those recruited were inexperienced.
“We cannot endanger the lives of our people by hiring quacks,” he said.