Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe on Saturday, December 20 directed all county governments to advertise vacancies for striking health workers.
Speaking at Kamutungi village in Mbeere South Constituency during the burial former Cabinet Minister, Joe Nyagah, Kagwe noted that the health workers have kept away from their places of work even after the court stopped the strike.
Kagwe told nurses and clinical officers who have paralyzed health services across the country to call off the strike and go back to work if they want to keep their jobs.
He asked over 8,000 nurses who are at home due to lack of jobs to send their applications once the positions are advertised.
“The counties should start recruiting new health workers to replace the ones on strike. If the striking workers continue being adamant, the nurses who are at home without jobs should be employed,” he said.
The CS indicated that the move will help ease the health sector crisis across following the nationwide health workers’ strike.
Kagwe asked medics to respect court orders that had stopped the strike to allow room for negotiations adding that the government has continually engaged union officials over the issues raised.
He urged them to go back to work particularly during the festive season as government tries to look for amicable solutions to their grievances.
The CS further lamented the suffering many Kenyans in need of healthcare are undergoing due to the health workers’ strike.
“There is need for health facilities to be ready for any eventuality and this cannot happen if the workers are not in their stations,” he said.
“No health services are being delivered in many hospitals and Kenyans are really suffering. Those who have boycotted duties should resume work or face the sack,” he warned.