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Nursing council wants Panyako to apologise for “insulting” Governor Oparanya

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The Nursing Council of Kenya has distanced itself from the comments made by KNUN Secretary general Seth Panyako, regarding Kakamega County Governor Wycliffe Oparanya.

A video of the Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) Secretary General, Seth Panyako, vehemently hurling insults at Governor Oparanya made rounds on Thursday. In the video, an angry Panyako used unprinted words and insults to express the grievances of striking nurses.

The council now says that Panyako’s comments are not a true and fair reflection of the nursing and midwifery profession, “and goes against our code of ethics.”

“The Code of Ethics and Conduct-clause 27 provides that a nurse shall not use media or any internet to communicate in a manner that is illegal, damaging, harassing or discriminatory to the profession or the public,” the statement reads.

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The council has urged all the nurses and midwifes to observe their etiquettes and respect each other alongside maintaining their patients and confidentiality.

Furthermore, the council has called upon all it’s members to distance themselves from comments that might demean the government and the general public.

“The council therefore demands the secretary general Seth Panyako to retract on his statement and issue apology as soon as possible to all the affected parties.”

Nurses countrywide have been on strike since November 23 last year, demanding a number of grievances from county governments.

KNUN has urged its members not to bow to intimidation and threats of being sacked.

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