Kenyan Nurses End 2-Week Strike; Kenyan PM Odinga Revokes Mass Dismissal

“Tens of thousands of Kenyan nurses agreed Wednesday to end a two-week strike after talks with Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who revoked their mass dismissal during the standoff,” Agence France-Presse reports. “‘The meeting agreed that the ongoing health workers strike should be called off immediately and all the officers return to work unconditionally,’ a statement from Odinga’s office said,” the news service notes. “The nurses stopped work on March 1 to protest the government’s failure to raise wages as agreed last year, when they also demanded improved services in Kenya’s mostly ill-equipped public hospitals,” the news service writes, adding, “The strike has crippled hospitals, with patients sometimes being sent home untreated, [with] others languishing in wards unattended” (3/14).

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