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Governor moves to address health workers problems

17 March 2014, 09:35 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - Vihiga Governor, Moses Akaranga has moved in time to address the health workers’ continued unrest in the county over their delayed salaries and demand for better working environment.

The health workers from all over the county have been on the governor’s neck asking him to assure them of their better working terms, even as the county government struggles with the functions it took over from the national government.

According to statistics on the ground, over 200 doctors have already resigned from various counties’ hospitals, due to one reason or another, but principally citing hostility and lack of cooperation from the county governments.

“There was some hitch in the payment of the salaries to the health workers in the county, which was occasioned by the preparation of the payroll but we are going to rectify such in the future. Your jobs are safe in my county and no one will be victimized for anything,” Akaranga said.

Akaranga also calmed the health workers who alleged that Members of the County Assembly were harassing them for threatening to go on strike over their dues.

He asked the union officials in the county to use their positions in championing for their followers’ rights other than inciting them to quit their positions over things that can be solved through dialogue.

County director of health, Quido Ahindukha said that counties should seek for mechanisms of curbing the outflow of heath workers by improvising on a few logistics which have encumbered the health sector since its devolution.

He said that the continued salary delays are scaring the health workers who seek for mechanisms of getting employed in the private sector.

“Some of us have loans and insurance policies where we are penalized when we do not pay in time. There are no clear policies which counties have brought forward regarding promotion of health workers,” he said.

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