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Lenku hires 100 nurses as strike bites



Kajiado Governor Joseph Ole Lenku on Wednesday replaced 100 striking nurses and promised to sack more. Lenku announced the new jobs owing to the deteriorating health services, especially in the rural health facilities. "We cannot trade our people’s lives with anything. We are mitigating on the effects of the strike. Our people are suffering too much." Lenku, in a press statement, said the nurses will be dispatched to 12 health facilities. "Ten of the hired nurses will be deployed to the county referral hospital," he added. Kajiado county has about 330 nurses, most of whom are recorded as having been on strike for over 100 days.

The governor targets outlying health facilities in highly populated towns such as Ongata Rongai, Ngong and Kitengela. The rural facilities set to benefit are Loitokitok, Kimana, Namanga, Ilbissil, Isinya, Entasopia, Masimba and Mashuuru. Health CEC Esther Somoire said most nurses will be deployed to the referral hospital's maternity wing and theatres. "The rest will be dispatched to maternal and child health (MCH) section," Somoire said..

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