NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Provision of healthcare services in 23 Kenyan
counties was paralyzed on Monday as nurses went on strike to
protest delay in the implementation of an agreement to award
them higher pay.
The nurses’ strike affected critical
services in public hospitals where the bulk of Kenya’s
low-income earners seek treatment.
Union officials said the strike will continue until a
collective bargaining agreement negotiated with their employer
in November 2017 is implemented in full.
Seth Panyako, secretary general of Kenya National Union of
Nurses, said his members will not relent in their push for
higher salaries and perks in line with an agreement signed with
"We are demanding full implementation of the collective
bargaining agreement of 2017 before the strike by our members is
"The strike was our last option and hope the stalemate will
be solved amicably," said Panyako.
Earlier on, Ukur Yatani, cabinet secretary for labor and
social protection, urged the nurses’ union to call off the
strike and embrace dialogue to avoid hurting operations in
public health facilities.
Yatani appointed a three-member team to resolve the stalemate
between the nurses’ union and the council of governors before
the strike kicked off countrywide.
The cabinet secretary demanded that the union representing
more than 8000 nurses give an additional one month to facilitate
implementation of the deal on salary increase.
Local media reported that the nurses’ strike was taking a
toll on healthcare services across 23 counties including the
The paralysis was pronounced in Nairobi and other major towns
like Mombasa and Kisumu where outpatient services in public
hospitals were grounded due to absence of nurses.