NMS Regrets Pumwani Hospital Incident, Promises Revamped Health Services

However, NMS promises better days ahead for Nairobians with a revamped heath sector delivery system.

NAIROBI, Kenya, September 22, 2020 – The Nairobi Metropolitan Services has regretted the incident of a mother delivering at the gates of Pumwani Maternity Hospital.

However, NMS promises better days ahead for Nairobians with a revamped health sector delivery system.

The incident took place on September 13, 2020, two days after nurses began a legally notified industrial action.  Already, NMS and the Health Workers signed a return to work formula.

Through the pact, NMS has pledged to incentivise health workers by according them requisite professional promotions based on meritocracy.

Now Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) and Kenya Union of Clinical Officers (KUCO) members with qualifications will also be re-designated, promoted, placed at the right positions and confirmed in appointment to the right job groups.

The Security Guard denied the patient access to the premises in a very unfortunate incident, before a Nurse from the Maternity Ward was notified of the occurrence and rushed to the scene to assist in the Delivery and admission to the Maternity Ward.

NMS has commended the nurses who quickly came to assist the patient. Mother and Child are both well and were discharged September 18, 2020.

Consequently, NMS has committed to train front office staff in all its facilities.  The Security team has been changed and a Customer Care Desk set up.

Going forward Officers from the National Police Service will augment the provision of security at the Pumwani Hospital, Mbagathi Hospital, Mama Lucy Hospital and Mutuini Hospital in Dagoretti to prevent disruption of services.

Through the return to work formula, the strike by health workers, which commenced on September 10, 2020 was effectively called off.

The pact was signed by the Director, Human Resource Management, and Development Mr. Dominic Gicheru on behalf of the NMS Director General, Mohammed Badi, Director Health Services Dr. Josephine Mbae, KNUN Branch Secretary Edia Muruli, and KUCO Branch Secretary Tom Nyakaba.

The appointments and promotions, the signatories said, will be undertaken by the NMS Human Resource Management Advisory Committee in accordance to the human resource manual scheme of service and authorised establishment.

Those to benefit from the promotions will include nurses, clinical officers, pharmaceutical technologists and medical laboratory officers. The first batch, they said, will collect their promotion letters by September 25, 2020 while the last batch will receive the letters not later than October 30, 2020.

“NMS will seek a waiver from Public Service Commission for those officers whose cases cannot be processed under the delegated authority to enable workers be promoted not later than October 30, 2020, said the signatories.

Dr. Mbae said health workers who have stagnated for nine years will also be promoted three job groups while those who have stagnated for six years will be promoted two job groups, whereas those who have stagnated for less than six years and below will be promoted to one job group.

 

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