Union boss Seth Panyako arrested over KNH nurses' strike

Kenya National Union of Nurses Secretary-General Seth Panyako adresses journalists at Pumwani Hospital in Nairobi County on September 20, 2018. PHOTO | ANTHONY OMUYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Mr Panyako was apprehended at the hospital as the caregivers agitated for better treatment by their employer and for security cases to be handled properly.
  • Citing the case of nurse Mildred Akinyi, who was assaulted by the relatives of a patient who died, they accused the hospital of taking matters of insecurity casually and sweeping them under the rug.

  • Deputy Secretary-General Maurice Opetu termed KNH’s response to Ms Akinyi's case as draconian and accused the union at the hospital of colluding with the facility to treat nurses unfairly.

  • The Ministry of Health has been silent yet this case worsens the strained relationship between the nurses and the national hospital.

Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) Secretary-General Seth Panyako was arrested on Monday for allegedly inciting nurses at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) to strike.

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