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International Council of Nurses condemns violence against health workers in Kenya and supports the National Nurses Association of Kenya call for protection of patients and health workers
Geneva, Switzerland, 1st February 2008 –The International Council of Nurses (ICN) today strongly condemned all forms of violence against health workers in Kenya and expressed support for the National Nurses Association of Kenya (NNAK) appeal to protect health workers and patients during the continuing violence and social chaos in Kenya.
The NNAK is appealing:
The appeal follows a particularly violent episode when tear gas was thrown into two hospitals sending over 500 patients, nurses, doctors and members of staff into panic.
ICN condemns acts of abuse and violence perpetrated against any person, including other health care professionals, patients, children, the elderly, and other private citizens. ICN firmly believes that violence in the health workplace threatens the delivery of effective patient services and, therefore, patient safety. If quality care is to be provided, nursing personnel must be ensured a safe work environment and respectful treatment.
ICN joins NNAK in a call for an immediate peaceful resolution of the disputed elections.
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