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Patients in agony as nurses and clinicians begin strike

The ever-busy casualty and emergency centre at the Kisii Teaching and Referal Hospital (KTRH) Monday morning remained deserted as medics began their countrywide strike.

Most patients who showed up were turned away or ask to seek services from private hospitals.

James Ombui got involved in a road accident early Monday morning was turned away upon reaching the hospital.

He was rushed to nearby Hema Hospital for emergency services.

The hospital management has been holding meetings since morning trying to figure out on their next course of action.

Patients admitted to various wards in the facility have begun checking out as more than 300 nurses employed to work at the hospital stayed away.

The situation could be worse at the hospital’s new born unit which accommodates more than 30 children.

The unit is one of the largest neonatal centres in the region. Private hospitals in the area can only hold three to five children at any given time.

However, nurses recently employed under the Universal Health Coverage are working despite their minimal numbers.

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