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Nurses return to work in Garissa County Hospital

Operations at the Garissa County Referral Hospital have picked up where they left off after more than 100 striking nurses returned to work on Monday.

A quick visit to the medical centre showed patients trooping back to the hospitals. Casual laborers and other support staff were busy cleaning the wards .The busy hospital, which serves the neighbouring Kitui, Wajir and Mandera counties, has 158 nurses. The nurses have been strike for five months.

A patient who spoke to the media was delighted by the return of the nurses.

Abdi Omar, who suffers from asthma, is among the patients who received treatment.

“I thank God the nurses’ strike is ended. I have suffered a lot. I couldn’t get treatment because private hospitals are very expensive,” Omar said.

On the other hand, a nurse who spoke to the press on condition of anonymity said they got a raw deal.

“After struggling for all those months we ought to have a much better offer,” she said.

Hassan Abdullahi, the nurse in charge at the Garissa Referral Hospital, said during the nurses’ strike, the hospital suspended all admissions and only handled emergency cases and deliveries in the maternity wing.

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