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Governors told to employ more medical workers

28 April 2014, 15:15 Jayne Zack

Busia - The Ministry of Health has directed governors to use part of the KES 226 billion revised budget to employ medical staff in a bid to address shortage in the county governments.

Addressing the members of the press outside the Busia County Hospital, Principal Secretary Fred Segor reiterated that the staff in health institutions were few as compared to the work that they are supposed to do.

He said this after touring the facility in the company of medical superintendent Janerose Ambuchi where he stressed that the new staff should be enlisted by July.

“County allocations should be increased from KES 190 billion to KES 226 billion and more nurses and clinical officers should be employed,” Segor said.

He added that the government will roll out National Hospital Insurance Fund scheme for the elderly, disabled and orphans next month with a total of 500,000 beneficiaries  gaining from phase one of the project.

Segor noted that although the government will cater for the three groups of people he appealed to Kenyans to embrace the programme and join the scheme on voluntary basis.

“The government has also set up plans to equip hospitals in the country with advertisement to purchase them to be out in the next two weeks.” Segor disclosed.

However, the PS regretted that only five counties out of the 47 had laboratories to diagnose diseases, and therefore the dire need by the national government to ensure that most counties had such facilities installed.

He further said that the government had released KES 300 million to Kakamega Level Five Hospital and ten others in the country to improve on their existing facilities.

He said that the free maternity services are 100 per cent successful and free drugs were supplied to help fight diseases like malaria that is most prevalent in Nyanza and Western regions.

Segor said his ministry spent KES 1.2 billion to purchase drugs last year before handing over to the county governments to continue with the exercise this year.

The PS however warned hospital staff against selling drugs meant for use by patients, saying that the government will take stern measures on those found committing the offense.

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