Kenya Union of Nurses, Homabay County branch have finally ended a two-week strike that had adversely affected the health sector in the County.
Speaking after signing a return-to-work agreement with the county government, Union Officials led by Secretary General Mr. George Opiyo announced that after a successful consultative meeting with the county government, they have resolved to immediately suspend the strike and return to work by latest 22nd February, 2019 at 12 noon.
Governor Cyprian Awiti who witnessed the signing of the agreement in his boardroom lauded the speedy resolution that brought the strike to an end.
Mr. Awiti thanked the Union officials and the entire health workers for their commitment to providing quality healthcare to the residents of Homabay County.
Both parties acknowledged the role that the county government has played in turning around the Health sector, a move that has not only seen reduction in maternal and child mortality but also reduced HIV prevalence rate.
The County Government has committed to abide by the conciliation discussions and address the implementation of the agreement.
Governor Awiti added that as part of efforts towards the realisation of the Universal Health Coverage, an additional 143 health workers that include; 75 nurses, 10 Doctors, 3 surgeons and 55 Laboratory Technologists are set to be recruited during the current financial year.