County to continue hiring nurses on contract

Kakamega heatlth minister Racheal Okumu addresing nurses at Mmust...Photo/Rehab Kinuthia/County Guardian News


By Dido Boru

Kakamega County Executive Committee Member (CEC) for health Racheal Okumu has said the county government will continue to employ nurses on contract to address staff shortages in the health facilities in the county.

Ms Okumu said the county government will employ nurses on short term basis due to lack of adequate funds.

“We will be employing the nurses on contract basis due to inadequate funds,”said Okumu.

She also dismissed claims that employing nurses on contract is inhuman saying such practices is accepted worldwide.“Employment on contract is optional, you either take it or leave it”, she said.

But a spot check by the County Guardian News revealed that most of the nurses have not been paid last month salary in full.

According to the figures from office of County Head of Human Resource Management- Kakamega County has 1084 nurses and are yet to get there April arrears.

Kenya Nation Union of Nurses (KNUN) Kakamega branch secretary general, Renson Bulunya termed the employment of nurses on contract by the county government as modern day slavery of unemployed youths.

“It is slavery, exploitation of the unemployed youths where the employer dictates condition of services”, he said.