THE National Nurses Association of Kenya has called upon the Jubilee Government to hire the over 150,000 nurses needed in the country.
The Association said yesterday that the country which has a population of about 40 million people needs about 172, 000 nurses countrywide compared to the 21,000 nurses who are working currently in the health institutions. The nurses now want the Government led by President Uhuru Kenyatta to help hire more nurses.
The association national chairman Jeremiah Maina speaking during a press conference in Nyeri town said that if the shortage of nurses is addressed the staff can be able to offer home based care instead of the patients going to hospitals in search of the service.
"We only have 21,000 nurses in the country out of which 8,000 are employed on contracts through the Economic Stimulus Programme. The whole country needs about 172,000 who are fully employed by the government and so we have a shortage of over 150,000 nurses," he said.
He thanked the Industrial court after its ruling that their association be registered as a union adding that Kenyans will now receive quality healthcare as the union will help fight for their rights.
The nurses had appealed against a decision by the Registrar of Trade Unions to deny registration to the Kenya National Union of Nurses.
But on Tuesday, the industrial court judge Nduma Nderi directed the registrar to issue the union with a certificate within 14 days saying the constitution has allowed this as contained in the Bill of Rights.
"This is a sign of good things to come. The dream of offering quality health care will now be realized. We shall now offer the best services," he said.
The union will help fight for the recruitment of more nurses, ensure nurses are paid well and will also fight for recognition mostly promotions of the staff members.
Maina was accompanied by the 1st National Vice Chairperson Winnie Shena and Nyeri branch association chairman Obadiah Michemi.
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