Kisii Governor James Ongwae is negotiating with the national government to end the health workers’ strike to ease the suffering of patients in the county.
County Secretary, Patrick Lumumba said the Governor, who is the Council of Governors Labour Committee chairman wants issues raised by the Health Workers’ Unions addressed for the health workers to resume work.
Speaking to the press in Kisii town on behalf of the Governor, the Secretary said he felt for the patients and assured them the county government will handle the plight of the health workers.
“I say sorry to patients. The county officers are working hard to ensure that health care workers resume work soon,” Lumumba said.
Patients said they were relying on their trained medics to prescribe drugs for them to buy to be cured.
They said the health facilities were open but had few health workers, adding few patients were seeking treatment at the facilities owing to the on-going week long strike.
Some patients who had been booked for special clinics said they were accessing the services at the Facilities and lauded the health workers for the support.
A spot check showed that relatives and friends were seeking services at private hospitals within and outside the county due to the strike.