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The 32nd Annual Scientific Conference/AGM

By Brian Osoro

The Kenya Progressive nurses in patrnership with Event Us Africa, Smile Train Africa, Nursing Council of Kenya, Ministry of Health, Old Mutual, Base Titanium, Kericho Gold, Kenya National Union of Nurses and Madison insurance held it’s 32nd Annual Scientific Conference on the 20th to 22nd November 2018 at the Wild Waters, Mombasa.

The 3 day conference kicked off at 8.00am on the 20th with over 800 KPNA members attending from all regions of the country. The theme of the conference, “Nursing and Midwifery Workforce In Achieving Universal Health Coverage” highlighted the plight of nurses in the country and how the profession can be used effectively to achieve universal health care both regionally and world wide.

Some highly noteable highlights of the conference included presentations by the secretariat, Government officials and Union council. On the first day, Professor Halimu of Pwani University noted during the conference that”Most problems we face as a country revolve around poor health system including corruption. If we do not have a suitable health care system, corruption cannot be tamed. As nurses, our work is to help and to empower people. Great men and women are not recognized by the possessions they have but by the soft things they do!”During his presentation, Assistant Secretary General of Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN), Mr. Morris Opitum strongly condemned the government highlighting that nurses have become impatient and they no longer have trust towards the government due to making empty promises. He urged the government officials present to look into the plight of nurses.

The conference in day 2 was filled with more members flocking. The conference kicked off with National Council of Kenya Registrar/CEO Mrs. Edna Tallam & ICT Manager Eva Wanjiku taking nurses & midwives through the it’s Strategic Plan 2017-2022 & online services by the Council including registration, retention, & CPD. We later had presentations from KPNA partners including Madison Insurance Group and Smile Train Africa. Outgoing Chairman (2010-2018), Mr. Makaya noted that KPNA in partnership with Help A Child Face Tomorrow, provides free surgery to children with cleft lip annually and the success rate is highly commendable.

Elections were held on 22nd November 2018 with Mr. Michael Nyongesa bagging the coveted National Chairman position. Mr. Nyongesa served as the National Secretary and he replaces Mr. Thaddeus Makaya who served for 8 years (2010-2018). Other filled positions include Triza Maina as the National Treasurer. She replaces Jamila Wamwiri who served the organization whole heartedly. The full outcome of the elections was noted as below:

Candidates who were unopposed include:

  1. Parastatal Representative: George Omwenga
  2. Western Region Representative: William Otonyo
  3. North Eastern Region: Asha Aden
  4. Rift Valley Region: Dickson Asuasa
  5. Coast Region: David Migosi
  6. Central Region: Julius Njue
  7. National Vice Treasurer: Jackline Obonyo
  8. 1st National Vice Chairperson: Salome Situma

The positions contested included:

Eastern Region Representative

Consolata Kirigia-40 votes

Christopher Munyao-19 votes

Henry NAmu-7 votes

Spoilt votes-1 vote

Nairobi Region Representative

Stella MOraa-40 votes

Miriam Wanyoike-30 votes

Spoilt votes-3 votes

Nyanza Region Representative

Margaret Bosibori-38 votes

Charles Chacha-21 votes

Spoilt Votes-5 votes

National Vice Secretary

Julius Nyambaka-417 votes

Fredrick Nthiwa-252 votes

Spoilt Votes-17 votes

2nd Vice Chairman

Boniface Gitonga-419 votes

Bernard Chepkwony-251 votes

Spoilt votes-45 votes

National Treasurer

Caroline Adwera-402 votes

Dinah Wanda-285 votes

Spoilt Votes- 12 votes

General Secretary

Teresiah Maina-445 votes

Biko Clive-249 votes

Spoilt votes-15 votes

Chairman

Michael Nyongesa-437 votes

Gerald Njagi-259 votes

Spoilt votes-14 votes

In his victory speech and closing remarks, the current National Chairman, Mr. Michael Nyongesa highlighted that the interests of KPNA come first and he promised to work with the members more adequately to ensure that the theme of the conference is attained and Harmony in nursing the professional cure is also achieved.


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