Nurses in Kirinyaga pledge to deliver world class services to complement investment in the sector
Nurses in public hospitals in Kirinyaga county have pledged to continue delivering world class medical services to patients so as to complement ongoing investment in the sector. The caregivers said ongoing transformation of the health sector in the county has helped improve their working condition thus reason for them to double their effort. Speaking during tree planting exercise to mark the start of the International Nurses and Midwives week at Kerugoya County Referral Hospital, County Nursing Officer Wanjiru Muthee lauded Governor Anne Waiguru’s administration for investing heavily in provision of health services. She said construction and equipping of new medical facilities has changed the face of medical services in the county and nurses are proud of the reforms. The International Nurses and Midwives week will run from the 2nd to 12th of May.
County Executive Committee Member (CECM) for Health George Karoki lauded the nurses for their hard work and dedication to their profession, stating that nurses are the backbone of the health sector and implored them to maintain their impressive work ethic and discipline throughout their service delivery. Karoki said governor Waiguru was committed to ensure that nurses are well compensated for their work. The CECM said the ongoing transformation of the sector was meant to ensure quality and affordable healthcare services. He said the county government has set out to plant trees in all its medical facilities. “We will have tree seedlings delivered to all our medical institutions and dispensaries within our county, so that they can be planted and this will see to it that Kirinyaga county’s medical sector will be playing its part in the President’s tree restoration programme,” the CECM said. The nurses then proceeded to Kianderi village for a free medical camp where county residents will receive free medical services.
Kenya Progressive Union of Nurses Michael Nyongesa asked counties to double their efforts in addressing issues facing nurses so as to ensure they continue delivering services. “Eighty percent of all patients in any given medical facility must pass through the nurses, so they play a very critical part in patient’s life,” he said. Nyongesa assured nurses that the union remains committed to protecting their interests and would walk hand in hand with the county government so as to ensure that its members are well renumerated, and rights upheld.