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* News / Kenya: Governor Ferdinand Defend Nurses, Doctors in Hospital Mess by katty: August 02, 2018, 04:44:58 PM
Governor Ferdinand Waititu has said there is nothing he can do about the influx of patients to Kiambu hospitals.

He said no one will be sacked over the matter because doctors and nurses are working well but are only overwhelmed by the patients.

Waititu was speaking yesterday at Kiambu Level Five Hospital during a fact finding mission.

“Honestly speaking, I would not wish to condemn anyone for the situation in Kiambu Hospital as patients are coming in big numbers  to be treated and I have toured the hospital, where they are doing their best in treating every patient coming in,” said Waititu.

He said matters are worsened by people who wanted to politicise the situation.

“The problem is influx and we should not politicise health facilities.

Kiambu Hospital has a bed capacity of 320 and we are admitting over 800 inpatients ,what would you want us to do?” Waititu said.

He denied that patients were being served bad food.

He attributed the drugs shortage on the Integrated Financial Management System, which was not operational in July.

“Ifmis was closed in July and our credit was squeezed and could not access our accounts, we will supply our facilities with food and blankets and for drugs we will make sure that essential drugs are stocked in all 171 health facilities across the county,” said Waititu.
Source : Kenya Star
* News / JOHESU, AHPA reject Yayale Ahmed report by katty: August 02, 2018, 04:34:36 PM
The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and Assembly of Healthcare Professional Associations (AHPA), both of which constitute about 95 per cent of the workforce in the health sector have rejected report of the Yayale Ahmed Presidential Committee of Experts on Professional Relationships in the Public Health Sector (YAPCEPRPH).

In an open letter to President Mohammadu Buhari dated, July 25, JOHESU and AHPA dissociated themselves from the committee’s recommendations for the establishment of the office of the Chief Medical Adviser to the President, the creation of a National Healthcare Commission, rejects the Committee’s opposition to the appointment of other health professionals as directors in federal health institutions, among others.

Rejection of majority of the recommendations of the YAPCEPRPH by JOHESU and AHPA was based on their confirmations that the Secretariat of the Committee was infiltrated by the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) through its privileged members in government.

The open letter was signed by AHPA and the various unions that constitute JOHESU including Biobelemoye Joy Josiah, national president, Medical and Health Workers Union (MHWUN), A.A. Adeniji, national president, National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Dr. B.A. Akintola, president of Senior Staff Association of Universitites Teaching Hospitals Research Institutes and Associated Institutes (SSAUTHRIAI); the National President of Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals, Dr. Obinna C. Ogbonna; and the National President of the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU), Dr. Chris Ani; while President of AHPA, Dr. G.C. Okara signed on behalf of that body.

Following professional disharmony between medical doctors and other health workers, the Federal Government had set up the YAPCEPRPH to look into the problems and profer solutions. Although, report of the Committee was submitted to the former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, it is currently before Buhari for consideration, approval and subsequent implementation.

JOHESU and AHPA, said roles the Committee ascribed to the proposed Chief Medical Adviser to the President show that it was ‘’a short-cut to bring back the concept of Surgeon-General as previously demanded by the NMA. The Committee cited examples of other countries where doctors have monopoly of some public health initiatives, but avoided United States (US) experience of the Surgeon-General which was open to all professionals. They added, “The incumbent American Surgeon-General is a trained Registered Nurse.”

They reasoned that the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), which currently provides for two cabinet ministers of health, a permanent secretary, 10 directors out of which one was in charge of public health and another hospital services was sufficient to execute the roles being ascribed for the proposed Chief Medical Adviser to Mr. President.

On the headship of teaching hospitals, which the Committee suggested should be by medical doctors only, JOHESU and AHPA noted that job description for leader of federal health institutions was purely administrative. “It needs no knowledge of surgical procedures or stethoscope for effective output,” they reasoned, adding that condition precedent to be CEO must revolve around interested persons being seasoned administrators or managers of cognate experience.

Other recommendations of the Committee rejected by JOHESU and AHPA include its appointment of CMAC and that of Deputy CMAC, the position of the panel on Pharm D and O.D Programmes, poor hazard, call-duty and related allowances to health professionals, the withdrawal of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) circular authorising Medical Laboratory Science of Nigeria (MLSCN) to approve licence for importation of IVDs, among others.
Source: New Telegraph
* Travel Nursing / Nigeria Nursing Council Ask Applicants to Pay for Courier Fees for Verification by Idowu Olabode: August 02, 2018, 01:24:26 PM
The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria has asked applicants requesting for verification of their license to pay courier fees according to a circular dated 20th of July 2018 and sighted by This new requirement will raise applicant's verification bill to as much as #35,000 depending on the country the verification document is going. Below is the content of the circular:

Courier Service for Dispatch of Verification with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria

I write to inform all Heads of Department/Section/Unit and Zonal Officers of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of  Nigeria that henceforth, clients requesting for verification of documents/certificates/licenses with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria should be responsible for payment of courier services for the dispatch of their processed verification.

By implications, clients should make payment to the courier service of their choice and submit the receipt of payment for courier together with their application forms for verification attached with other supporting documents including remita invoice.

The Council can no longer continue to be responsible for the payment of courier services to the foreign destinations.

Please bring this notice to the knowledge of all your staff.
* News / Nurses Carpet Osibanjo, CPC Over Animated Video by katty: August 02, 2018, 12:07:52 PM
urses under the aegis of University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA) in a joint statement by its National President, Chief (Hon.) S.E.O. Egwuenu and National Secretary, Nurse G.I. Nshi,   have shown their displeasure and discontentment over the defamatory online video shared on the twitter page of Consumer Protection Council (CPC) as they launched the Patients' Bills of Rights (PBOR) on 31st of July, 2018. The association said the Patient Bill of Rights was a welcome development and should have been enacted long ago and also that Nurses appreciate and strongly support it as they have always done with anything beneficial to the patient.

 However, the association took strong exception to the derogatory animated video posted by the CPC that casted unwarranted aspersions on image of nurses in its launch of the PBOR.

The statement read, “We wish to inform the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbanjo, and the CPC that the derogatory animated video that accompanied launch of the PBOR as shared in their twitter handle does not and can never be a representation of the articulate and hardworking Nigeria nurses but rather a representation of the idiocy of those that made the post.

“Nigerian nurses despite working under unsafe staffing environment in Nigeria where one nurses is made to care for more than 20 patients per shift as against the recommended maximum of one nurse to five patients have, against all odds, lived up to expectation in promoting health, restoring health, preventing illness and alleviating the sufferings of Nigerians.

“It is height of hypocrisy for those that have refused to use the power entrusted to them by Nigerians to better the lots of our health sector, as evidenced by their abandoning of our health sector to rot as they and their families embark on incessant trips abroad for medical treatment, to turn around and blame the hardworking nurses who on a daily basis make uncountable sacrifices to keep our sinking health sector afloat as the reason for the poor state of our health sector.

“UGONSA wishes to make it very clear to Prof. Osibanjo and CPC that nurses are not Hospital accountants or money keepers and do not demand for or collect money from patients and we challenge the vice president and the CPC to name one hospital in Nigeria where nurses are the hospital accountants. The content of the video from CPC clearly shows that those working at the CPC are unlettered and incompetent and therefore not qualified to work in such a highly revered agency. If not they should have been abreast of the simple fact that the scope of professional roles of a nurse as a holistic caregiver, a patient advocate, a clinical teacher, a communicator, an instructor, a specialist and a researcher does not include accounting and money keeping.

“Nigerian nurses remain the best globally. That is why progressive economies (where our political elites, including those that made the provocative video, rush to for medical treatment) such as the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, United Arab Emirate, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and so on, fall over themselves in a struggle to recruit Nigerian nurses. This is well buttressed by the report that between May 2017 to May 2018, more than 800 nurses left the shores of this country for countries where their services are appreciated unlike in Nigeria where they are dehumanized, poorly paid and defamed.

“We verily demand that Prof. Osibanjo and the CPC take down the video immediately and apologize to Nigerian Nurses.

“This Government seems to derive joy from traumatizing nurses and trivializing the health of Nigerians. First they withheld the salaries of the Midwives running the defunct Midwifery Service Scheme (MSS) and killed the MSS programme which has been the most accessible Maternal and Child Health programme available to the poorest of Nigerian women and children living in the most remote parts of the country. Next, they seized the salaries of Nurses and other JOHESU (Joint Health Sector Union) members for embarking on strike following the failure of the government to honour its own agreement which it freely entered with JOHESU. Paradoxically, they never meted such ill treatment done to nurses and other health workers to others that also embarked on strike e.g. the academic staff and non-academic staff unions of universities (ASUU and NASU), and the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD).Thirdly, they refused to place graduate nurses at par with their counterparts in other healthcare professions who they share similar entry requirements and course duration for the first degree in the university with. Now they have elevated rascality to a new valour of governance by blaming and castigating nurses for their own failure to revitalize our health sector via their misguided animated video. Nurses will not take it anymore!

“As UGONSA charges nurses to go about their legitimate duties not minding this unwarranted provocation from those who have clearly demonstrated that they have poor sense of reasoning, we charge them to get their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) and mobilize their relatives for same ready for 2019 elections and wait for directives from the association as failure to pay up the withheld monies and also apologize for this stupid attack shall never go unpunished- the association said.
* News / South Africa : Nurse Arrested for Trying to Snuggle Gun into Hospital by katty: August 02, 2018, 11:03:32 AM
The KwaZulu-Natal Tactical Response Team (TRT), the K9 Unit and Nsuze police officers swooped on a residence of a Montebello Hospital male nurse where two AK47 automatic assault rifles were found.

This follows the 37-year-old male nurse’s resistance to be searched at the main entrance of the hospital on Monday morning.

A hospital employee said the enrolled nurse at the hospital’s Multi-Drug Resistant (MDR) TB unit employee was carrying a huge bag when he refused to be searched at the gate.

“He was reported for that (refusal to be searched). It was suspicious because it’s a rule that bags are searched at the gate. It was at around 9am when this happened,” said the employee who is not authorised to the media.

It is believed the nurse had been working at the hospital for over three years.

Provincial police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane said a “swift response” by the law enforcement units resulted in the arrest and seizure of the two firearms and 60 rounds of ammunition.

“The employee attempted to enter the hospital with a big bag but refused to be searched. He was denied entrance. Police received an intelligence about the male carrying rifles in his possession and he was intercepted whilst gaining access to his place of residence which is not far from the hospital. A search was conducted and the firearms were found in his possession. He was immediately arrested and taken to Nsuze police station for detention,” Zwane said on Tuesday.

It is not clear why the nurse, who resides not far from the hospital, would want to smuggle the guns into the hospital.

He said the man, who cannot be named until after he appears in court was charged for possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.

He was expected to appear in kwaMaphumulo Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

The firearms will be sent for ballistic testing to ascertain if they were used in the commission of any crimes.

Daily News
* News / Ghana: MP Allege Nurse Negligence As 2-Year-Old Girl Dies At Kuntenase Hospital by katty: August 01, 2018, 10:29:54 PM
A family is accusing nurses at the Kuntenase Government Hospital in the Ashanti region of negligence after the death of their two-year-old daughter.

Paulina Opoku was on admission at the hospital and in need of blood but several attempts by her father Joel Opoku Bediako to donate blood, however, failed because the lab was closed for service, according to the nurses on duty.

Member of Parliament for Bantama, Daniel Okyem Aboagye intervened before finally the father's blood was taken but the girl died moments after.

The MP who shared the chronology of events at the medical facility on Facebook said nurses must begin to take their jobs seriously.

Below is what the MP wrote on his Facebook page
Another Nurses' Negligence kills a 2-Year old girl at Kuntenase Govt. Hospital in Ashanti Region

Oh my God. What is going on? Another needless loss of life by nurses' negligence at Kuntenase government hospital in Ashanti region today – 31/07/2018.

This is how it all happened. I received repeated calls from Joel Opoku Bediako – the father of late little girl Paulina Owusu – to intervene and help save his dying daughter from the nurses' negligence and bad customer service.

Joel, who resides in Adoato in Bantama Constituency received a call about his daughter's admission at Kuntenase government hospital and the need to do an immediate blood transfusion to save his little Paulina's life.

He quickly rushed from Bantama to Kuntenase. Joel was asked to donate blood to save his little girl but when he got to the lab, the nurses told him the lab was closed and so he cannot be helped.

No bed syndrome has now moved to closed lab syndrome and no amount of pleading will receive the nurse's empathy or sympathy to hear Joel out.

Joel was even rudely asked to take his daughter away if he couldn't wait. After several unsuccessful attempts at getting the nurses on duty to help, Joel calls his Bantama MP (Daniel Okyem Aboagye) to intervene but the nurses won't talk to me and I stood on the phone for several minutes waiting to see if anybody will speak to me but none did.

I quickly told Joel to hang up the phone to think about the next steps. I could hear him crying….please save my daughter, please save my daughter, please my daughter is dying.

Joel quickly changed from the begging mode to the pushing mode but I had to get off the phone to think.

I quickly recorded a message and sent it for him and the nurses whose negligence was killing the little 2-year-old Paulina to listen.

I then called Joel to play my message to the nurses to help and as a result they called in a student lab technician to come and assist. They finally drew Joel's blood for his daughter but when they got there it was too late – speaking from a layman's point of view, little Paulina had died as a result of the nurses' delays, negligence and refusal for the Bantama MP's timely plea for help.

Listen to the helpless mother cry for her baby's life. The mother's cry will touch you as never before. Listen to the mother's cry to understand how our nurse's negligence continue to take life needlessly.

We have now moved from no bed to neglecting a pregnant woman with 3-kids to die in eastern region to killing another pregnant woman for the alleged non-payment of Doctors' motivation fees at Suntreso Hospital in Bantama to Killing of 2-year old Paulina for closed laboratory.

This is completely unacceptable and we must stop it. You need to be a citizen if you don't love your work you must leave it or else do it well.

Brighten your corner at all times regardless of pay and please help the government help us by doing your best at all times.

I personally spoke to the Senior Nurse on duty (Atta Prempeh) who promised to give me his phone number and that of his Doctor on duty who was absent at the time of this entire incident.

More details later but you may contact the parents and I at the following numbers Bantama MP = 0541716391 Joel = 0558579508 Beatrice or Sister = 0248752095 In terms of next steps, I am getting them a lawyer to assist them and to ensure that no one else loses their life to closed labs. #mayhersoulrestinpeace #rejectclosedlapsyndrom #rejectbadnursesattitudes Written By: Daniel Okyem Aboagye Hon. MP Bantama”

Meanwhile, the district director for health, Dr Berima Gyimatey has pledged that the claims of the family will be probed thoroughly. Speaking on the Starr Midday News, Dr. Gyimatey said he was not at the facility when the issue happened but the matter has been brought to his attention.

Source: Starrfmonline
* News / Heroic Kenyan Nurse Who Saved Baby Receives Sh100,000 by katty: August 01, 2018, 07:16:28 PM
Sinino Abdullahi is not just another run-of-the-mill medic in a public hospital. The 30-year-old nurse at Kimanju Hospital in Laikipia North takes her profession as a calling, and believes in the Nghtingale Pledge of devoting herself to the welfare of those committed to her care.

And when she stood yesterday to receive Sh100,000 reward from Governor Ndiritu Muriithi, her heroism and compassion that saved an abandoned infant, came to light.

Ms Abdullahi yesterday narrated how she rescued a baby, who had been abandoned by its 16-year-old mother, in Musul.

Being ridiculed

The girl had concealed her pregnancy from her family and schoolmates for fear of being ridiculed. She resorted to killing the baby to keep up the pretence of not being pregnant.

According to Abdullahi, the Standard Eight pupil delivered the baby by herself in her bedroom and hid the child under the bed, stuffing its mouth with cow dung.

Worried that somebody would find out that she had a baby in the house, the girl hid the baby in the grass, the nurse recounted.

Children who were playing nearby stumbled on the baby and alerted  neighbours.

“I received a call from for a community health volunteer informing me about the abandoned baby. I took an ambulance and rushed to Musul about 10km from Kimanju Hospital,” she said.

By the time she got to the scene, the baby’s skin was turning bluish due to lack of oxygen and excessive exposure to cold.

“We rushed the baby to the hospital and and tests revealed the cow dung had caused an infection. The baby was in a bad shape and weighed 1.2kg,” she said, adding the teenage mother had also tried to strangle the baby.

“She did not want to see her baby. Her mother was also angry at her but we counselled them and they accepted to take care of the child,” said Abdullahi.

The baby was later discharged and the mother taken through the Kangaroo mother care programme, where she had to maintain a skin-to-skin touch with the baby to normalise its body temperatures.

Ms Abdullahi’s act of compassion and dedication saw her recognised by the county leadership. She was promoted and received Sh100,000 for going an extra mile in service delivery.

The nurse was also recognised for her dedication in preventing two babies from being infected with HIV by their mothers.

She delivered Nevirapine Syrup - a medicine that prevents mother-to-child HIV transmission - to two HIV-positive mothers, who had refused to be put under medication to protect their babies.

The nurse was awarded alongside three other women ? one in Laikipia East and two in Western Laikipia.

The governor said he introduced the quarterly award programme to motivate workers and encourage commitment among civil servants.

Dedicated workers

“We want to have a dedicated public service and change the attitude towards work,” said Muriithi, adding four employees received Sh100,000 each.

Another nurse was also awarded for initiating an immunisation plan by collecting vaccines from Wiyumiririe Hospital to Karigui-ini dispensary using a boda boda.  The medic did this to ensure newborns don’t miss their immunisation due to lack of a refrigerator at the dispensary.
Source :Standard Digital
* News / Germany in Desperate Need of Nurses Due to Aging Population by katty: August 01, 2018, 07:07:20 PM
The German government has announced 13,000 more jobs for hospitals and care homes, but there is still a shortage of qualified medical staff. DW spent a shift with two nurses to learn more about the care sector crisis.

"110/70 — you have normal blood pressure, that's good," says nurse Valentina. She makes a note, inquires how the patient is feeling and then rushes off to see the next person. "We have to check on 23 patients today before the doctor tends to them at eight," Valentina explains. Often, she admits, that leaves little time to chat.

The 48-year-old Oleg Busch, who heads the surgical ward at Helios hospital in the western German city of Siegburg, also works as a nurse. He's been doing so for over 20 years now. Oleg likes his job, even though it can be very stressful at times.

Understaffed hospitals

Germany faces a massive lack of medical care personnel, which means many hospitals are overburdened. Nurses complain that they are too short-staffed to properly tend to their patients. Currently, roughly 1 million people work in the country's nursing industry. It is projected that 3 million nurses will be needed by 2060, given Germany's aging population. In late 2015, there were 2.9 million individuals in need of care — by 2030, this figure is expected to rise to 4.1 million.

Busch believes Germany is in dire need of additional care personnel, and his hospital is no exception. "Ideally, we should have three certified care-givers working the morning shift, just like today," he says. However, Busch concedes that such ideal staffing conditions are difficult to achieve, as there simply aren't enough nurses.

Patients are always his absolute priority, which can sometimes mean having to put bathroom and meal breaks on hold. Sometimes, there is not even enough time to complete all the patient paperwork, and it has to be postponed.

German government vows to improve situation

German Health Minister Jens Spahn, Family Minister Franziska Giffey and Labor Minister Hubertus Heil want to remedy this problem. Together, the three unveiled a plan for "concerted action regarding the care sector." It envisions better nursing wages and working conditions through collective bargaining agreements. Spahn also wants to hire additional care personnel from abroad.

Christina Körner of the Johanniter Education Center in Bonn says this plan would merely relieve the symptoms rather than address the underlying problem. Körner, who is a trained nurse, is critical of the fact that the workload continues to increase in Germany's health care sector, but staff numbers aren't keeping up. "Their job is getting more and more demanding," she says. "I can say this because I have 20 years experience working in the sector."

Körner does not believe that hiring foreign care personnel to compensate for staff shortages is a good idea in the long term. People from other cultures need time to integrate into German society she says, stressing that there is not enough staff capacity to help foreign workers settle in.

Nurses fed up with heavy workload

Despite the hard work, Busch says he likes being a nurse. "I enjoy working with people and helping them," he explains, adding that the rewarding work sometimes helps him forget about the inconveniences and little annoyances that come with the job.

Busch believes that nursing is only for people who deeply care about working with others. "Anyone who says they want to be a nurse because the money is good is in the wrong job. Here, the patient is the focus. Anyone who enjoys doing that will always have a future," he says while putting together medical records for the doctor — several patients are set to undergo surgery today.

Körner sees a future for the nursing industry in Germany. After completing vocational training, she studied health and care education. In 2016, she became a member of the executive board of the German Nurses Association. "I believe it's almost inevitable that the caregiver sector will develop and progress," Körner says. "There are so many different education programs on offer, some for people with prior work experience and regular university degrees, too."

Establishing an appropriate framework to make this vocation more attractive is key, believes Körner. "We have grown used to the current situation and keep telling ourselves 'we will manage somehow,'" Körner says. However, she admits that Germany's caregivers are becoming increasingly discontent with the heavy workload. "Maybe now would be a good time for the new government to tackle the issue and initiate a public debate on the matter," she says.

Conditions must improve

As Busch's shift comes to an end, he is preparing the hand-over with his colleagues. It entails telling the late night staff how the patients are doing. What matters most to him, says Busch, is knowing he has fulfilled all his daily tasks. Alas, often he is forced to work extra hours to get everything done. "The conditions need to be right, things are totally different when we are not short-staffed," he says. As Busch closes the file, he bids farewell to his colleagues. "This is about human lives," he says. "And that requires having reliable and trustworthy caregivers."

Credit: Theresa Sostmann
* News / NANNM Response to the Patient's Bill of Rights Animation Video by katty: August 01, 2018, 11:03:26 AM
We are very much concerned with a demo made by @CPCNig and tweeted by none other person that the number 2 citizen of the country, @ProfOsinbajo which was unveiled at the launch of the Patient Bill of Rights today.

Unfortunately, we at @nannm_nigeria did not receive any invite to the ceremony and in all ramifications, the demo was in bad faith. We wish to register our displeasure which portrays the nursing profession in bad light (whether intended or not for such purpose).

It is unfortunate that while the rest of the world is shifting their focus on nursing profession via the #Nursingnow2020 project which aims to raise the profile and status of nurses and nursing, Nigerian leaders choose to denigrate these hardworking, selfless professionals.

@CPCNig, @ProfOsinbajo, @Fmohnigeria neglected real issues affecting consumer satisfaction in the health sector but rather decided to blame nurses for what they obviously had no control over. I think government officials & agencies must be responsible enough to say the truth.

When will @CPCNig and @Fmohnigeria let Nigerians know that one Nigerian nurse cares for an average of 20 patients as against the @WHO standard of 1:4? When will Nigerians be told that we have health facilities twice the number of nurses in many local governments in Nigeria?

When are we to address the fact that many health centres do not have registered nurses attached to them? When will we address the fact that many local governments have only one doctor posted there and (s)he is permanently in the local government secretariat.

When do we address the fact that Nigerian nurses& midwives are overworked and underpaid? When will we address the fact that @AsoRock has stopped funding the midwifery service scheme thus preventing many trained midwives from practicing? Or the understaffing of our hospitals?

These and many more are the real issues affecting consumer satisfaction and NOT what you erroneously portrayed. When will @AsoRock stop playing politics with citizens' lives and address real issues by #investinginnursing? No wonder our poor ranking in health indices.

 We demand that @CPCNig take down the aggravating demo from the media and apologize to nurses and nursing profession in Nigeria. That is not what nursing represent. Our present situation is sadly a reflection of the qualities of our leadership.

We are willing to work with relevant stakeholders to promote consumer rights within the health sector but no one or profession has to be denigrated in the process. Here's a true representation of what nurses do...
* News / Kenya: Elgeyo Nurses Issue Strike Notice After Cut In Hardship Allowance by katty: August 01, 2018, 06:55:03 AM
-Hardship allowance was cut for those on study leave

Nurses and doctors' unions in Elgeyo Marakwet have asked the county government to reinstate hardship allowances for health workers on study leave.

Kenya National Union of Nurses and Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union said the Department of Health scrapped the allowances for 18 workers without consultations.

KNUN county secretary general Benson Biwott said services will be paralysed in all hospitals if the allowances are not paid before Monday next week.

He said the nurses, doctors, clinical officers, public health officers and laboratory technologists on study leave were given permission by the county government.

"We are giving the administration seven days to reverse the decision failure to which we shall resort to industrial action. We won't sit back and watch as our members are discriminated against," Biwott said.

Public Health Workers Union secretary Martis Lokalis said the move will discourage staff from seeking further studies.

"It is unfair, demeaning and frustrating to deny workers their allowances," Lokalis said.

However, Health CEC Kiprono Chepkok said the workers do not deserve hardship allowance because they are studying in counties that are not gazetted as hardship areas.

Chepkok said it is improper for the county government to pay allowances for workers who are not in the county.

"You cease to receive hardship allowance when you move from a county gazetted as a hardship area. Some workers are now full-time students at Moi University in Uasin Gishu. They can’t enjoy allowances because the county isn't gazetted as a hardship area," Chepkok said.

He said the county is in the process of recovering money previously paid to the health workers on leave.

Regulations state that officers on long courses abroad will be paid a living allowance to cater for subsistence, accommodation, and excess baggage.

Government officers attending full-time courses in local institutions outside their duty stations will be eligible for living allowances.
source: Star Newspaper
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