The National Nurses Association of Kenya (NNAK) has asked the government to impose stiff penalties on quack nurses.
The NNAK Chairman, Alfred Obengo expressed concern over the rising number of quacks and proposed hefty penalties to curb the menace.
Their sentiments come barely a day after a local television station highlighted an investigative feature story with a video clip showing a purported nurse sexually assaulting patients.
Speaking to journalists in Nairobi on Tuesday, Obengo asked the police to apprehend and prosecute the masquerader nurse.
“As nurses, we dissociate ourselves from the person claiming to be a nurse. He does not appear in our register,” Obengo said, adding that they would write to the Inspector General of Police, Joseph Boinnet to inform him that the offender was not one of them.
The Chairman at the same time condemned a recent incident at Kenyatta National Hospital whereby a patient attacked a nurse with a metallic object leaving him semi-paralyzed.
He said there was need to develop a reporting mechanism of violence as well as enhanced security systems even as he urged patients to follow laid down procedures in case of a disagreement.
By Bridgit Sande/Kishengo Gathigia