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KNH health workers camp outside Parliament demanding their salaries

22 August 2014, 10:33 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Some Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) health workers camped at the National Assembly’s entrance demanding their salaries.

The Health Cabinet Secretary, James Macharia however responded to the workers’ grievances saying that the Nairobi City County was to blame since the National Government had already released the funds.

“I talked to Governor Evans Kidero and he assured me that the health workers will be paid on Monday this week. The County is to be blamed for the delayed payment and not the Ministry because the money had already been disbursed,” said Macharia.

He added that the county governments should be committed to proper management of the devolved functions to limit the witnessed challenges that may lead to suffering of citizens.

Macharia said funds allocated to counties to cater for purchase of drugs such as those for malaria and Tuberculosis will be reversed to the National government for equity in distribution across the country.

“Devolved funds for TB and Malaria will be brought back to the National Government than give counties that don’t even need it,” said Macharia.

“Allocation to counties has led to suffering of patients in prone areas because they are yet to buy the medicine yet the victims are suffering,” he added.

The Health CS also faulted the media reports that people from West Africa are using the country’s borders such as the Malaba and Namanga to enter the country.

“When I read an article in the newspapers claiming that foreigners from West Africa are getting into the country through our borders, I asked officers on the entry points who confirmed that the media information was inaccurate,” asserted Macharia.

He confirmed that the borders are properly manned and medical officers are carrying out thorough Ebola screening for detection to avoid any chances of its spread.

Regarding the country being rated 4th global in HIV/AIDS infection, Macharia warned youths to desist from unprotected sex since they are the most infected with the killer virus.

“When we compare the country’s HIV incidence currently at 6.5% to some years back when it was above 13%, you realize that progress is being made in the fight against the disease. The ministry’s target is to reduce new HIV infection to zero by 2030,” assured Macharia.  

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