Nurses at the Pumwani Maternity Hospital in Nairobi yesterday staged a protest and ejected the hospital's CEO and matron. The nurses said that they had downed their tools because of poor working conditions.
They added that the matron Dr Severina Mbwiria had been transferred to Kangemi health centre but had refused to leave Pumwani.
"She is being protected by the CEO Dr Frida Govedi. They have misappropriated 20 million shillings and Govedi wants her to remain here so that they can cover up the scam," said Benard Inyangala, the chairman of the Kenya Local Government Workers Union.
The nurses strike brought operations at the hospital to a stand still."She takes imprest directly from the source. She has misappropriated funds by purporting that she has has supplied items to the hospital," the nurses said.
They marched into the CEO's office, overturned tables and threw chairs around before ejecting the two out.
They then locked the CEOs office.
The nurses then brought into the office Dr Esther Kiambati who they said had been posted to the hospital as the new matron. Area DO Charles Murimi intervened but was unable to calm the nurses.
"Stay here (in the office) until your appointment letter is cancelled," they told the new matron.
However, the nurses insisted that the operations at the hospital were going on as usual.
"We are the ones who worked last night. Our colleagues are in and no mother nor baby has died. All patients have been well attended to," they said.