Passion makes nurse soldier on amid toil in public hospitals

Nurses protest along Waiyaki Way in Nairobi on September 18, 2017 over a disputed Collecting Bargaining Agreement with County Governments. Passion makes nurses soldier on amid toil in public hospitals. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Nurses in public hospitals are overworked, leading to poor services. They suffer burnout and become irritable.

  • According to the Kenya Healthcare Workforce Report, the current ratio of practising nurses to the population is 8 per 10,000, compared to the World Health Organisation’s recommendation of 25 nurses per 10,000.

  • Of the 51,649 nurses below the age of 60 who have been registered, only 31,896 are active in hospitals.

To say nurses are busy bees could be an understatement if one spent a day with these caregivers in public hospitals.

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