At least 400 nurses and other professionals have been offered jobs to replace the striking health workers.
The Ministry of Health, which has borne the brunt of the civil servants' strike, has published the names of the nurses recruited and asked them to report to their stations immediately.
The move is a response to the crisis in seven hospitals occasioned by the strike, which started on Thursday. The strike has paralysed services in the hospitals, with some deaths being reported.
An official of the Ministry of Health said the recruitment began on Saturday and had been authorised by the Office of the President and the Directorate of Personnel Management. The official said up to 800 new workers would be hired.
Although the Union of Kenya Civil Servants called its 120,000 members to strike to press for a 600 per cent pay increase, only workers in the health sector and a few civil servants upcountry downed their tools. Services in other Government departments went on uninterrupted.
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