Services at public hospitals in Homa Bay were yesterday completely paralysed after nurses in the county boycotted duties over unsolved grievances.
Most patients who went to seek medication at public facilities were turned away following nurses strike.
The more than 700 nurses downed their tools after a strike notice they issued to Homa Bay government elapsed on Wednesday night.
Under the umbrella of Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN), Homa Bay branch, the nurses complained the county government has failed to listen to their grievances.
“Nurses in this county have run out patience hence downing our tools is the best way forward,” said the branch secretary George Bola.
The nurses, who camped at the county Public Service Board offices before they demonstrated in Homa Bay Town, demanded for address of their grievances.
Parts of grievances are delayed promotions, re-designation and confirmation of appointment to permanent and pensionable terms for nurses who are due for it.
“We issued strike notice 21 day ago and since then nothing has changed. Homa Bay government hasn’t promote any health worker over four years and this is demoralizing,” Bola said.