Bungoma County Referral Hospital has been indefinitely closed down following the ongoing workers strike.

In an internal memo to the facility’s clients, the medical superintendent Dr.David Wanikina stated that they will close down all the services owing to the interruption by the ongoing workers strike.
In the memo dated December 7, Dr.Wanikina attributes the closure to the ongoing strike that has paralyzed all the services.
“This is to inform you that due to ongoing Nurses and Clinical Officers industrial action that began today December 7, 2020 the facility has suspended its operations,” the memo stated.

It adds, “Both the inpatient and outpatient sections have been affected, we advice outpatients to seek health services at a facility of their choice till the strike is called off,”.
Dr.Wanikina said that relatives with patients admitted in their wards were advised to pick their loved ones to seek for services in other health facilities till the strike is called off.
Nurses and clinical officers are on strike countrywide demanding for an increment of their salaries and other allowances.
The ministry of health in counties have been adamant to raise their salary increment despite their unions signing agreements.
With the closure of the level five facility it means, patients will have to dig deep into their pockets to seek medical services in private facilities.

Efforts to get a comment from Bungoma county health executive Dr.Antony Walela over the issue were futile.

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