REPUBLIC OF KENYA

PS Health calls on nurses to embrace partnership

Mombasa April 6,2018 – The Principal  Secretary (PS) for Health, Engineer Peter Tum has urged nurses to network with other partners to boost government resources for achievement of highest standard of health as enshrined in the Constitution.
The PS noted that to realize improvement on health indicators, numerous resources are required and since nurses command the largest workforce in the country they can provide maximum contribution to enable Kenya to achieve 100 percent Universal Health Coverage.
Engineer Tum made the remarks during the closing of the nurses and midwives four days conference in Mombasa today. He observed that nurses in Kenya are part of the “Nursing Now” Global Campaign which, is based on making nursing central to health policy to improve health and wellbeing. He observed that the Ministry of Health will give the nurses the necessary support to enable Kenyan Nurses engage in this campaign.
He appealed to the leadership of the nurses, especially Kenya National Union of Nurses and the professional associations to embrace dialogue at all times even as they champion for the plight of nurses and midwives.
He revealed that the national government together with the council of governors and other relevant state agencies are doing everything possible to conclude the discussions especially on issues of grading of nurses following the job evaluation done by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission and the signing of CBA.
The ministry he added in consultation with the Council of Governors and other players shall revisit the matter and come up with a way forward so that nurses and midwives are able to provide services without disruption.