Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu has reveled ongoing dialogue with striking nurses in Kitui County in a bid to mitigate the protracted work boycott which has thrown the national health sector into a serious crisis.
Speaking today as she flagged off a Sh100 million drugs consignment to be distributed to health facilities across Kitui, Ngilu said she is dialoguing with the medics with a view of reaching a local agreement which will see them resume duty.
“We are working towards a common accord so that the nurses can resume work and end the senseless suffering that our people have had to bear for close to four months,” she said.
She exuded confidence that the industrial action will be called off soon and promised that she will ensure her administration addresses their pay demands accordingly.
Ngilu also said that her government will from January next year initiate an affordable but convenient health insurance scheme for the less-privileged in the county as a way of ensuring improved health care for all.
“Every household will be required to pay a one off fee of Sh1,000 to obtain an insurance card which will enable them get medical services from any health facility in Kitui without paying a single cent,” she explained.