Nakuru County to reopen Health facilities as Strike bites

The county government of Nakuru will tomorrow, Tuesday, reopen four of its health facilities to members of the public. This is after a resolution reached by a task force formed by Governor Kinuthia Mbugua to look into the crisis in the health sector.
This was revealed by the CEC for health Dr. Kabii Mungai while addressing journalists on Monday evening. The CEC said that Nakuru level five hospital, Langalanga health centre, Mirugi Kariuki health centre and Bondeni health centre will start operations from Tuesday.
Health workers who were hired on contract basis following advertisement placed on Saturday will be attending to the patients and their security was assured.
Mungai further said that there are doctors who have indicated that they are willing to work but they have been facing threats from union officials.
Kabii said that by tomorrow morning they will have finished the process of short listing applicants with postings expected to be done by midday.
The health officer said that the county government intends to open at least one health facility in every sub county in order to address the current crisis.
Health chief officer Dr. Samuel Mwaura said that union officials have been evading them whenever they are invited for talks.
He said that the union officials will not be allowed to threaten any health worker who is willing to work.
Mwaura added that the county government will be moving to court seeking to have the ongoing strike declared illegal.
He added that one theatre will be opened at Nakuru level five hospital where emergency caesarean procedures will be attended to.
Nakuru county commissioner Joshua Nkanatha who is a member of the task force said that the CID have been instructed to investigate health officers who are threatening their colleagues in social media.
He said that armed police officers will be deployed in all health facilities in order to ensure smooth running of services during the strike period.

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