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Nyeri community health workers to be formally employed

02 September 2014, 21:00 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - More than 100 community health workers hired under the economic stimulus program (ESP) in the county will have to wait for two months before being formally employed. 

The workers hired in 2011 on a three-year contract by the health ministry found themselves in an indeterminate state on June this year, when their contract expired with no forthcoming communication from the county government.

However, Nyeri county executive for Health services, Charles Githinji said the process of employing the ESP workers is on course and will be finalized by October 24, when a three-month extension given to their contract by the county government expires. 

Last month, 81 nurses hired under the ESP programme stormed Githinji’s office demanding their June arrears and communication on the status of their absorption by the county government.

Early this year, Health cabinet secretary James Macharia wrote to Nyeri county government directing it to initiate the absorption process for the ESP workers, but this had not been done by June when their contract expired.

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 “You are requested to process their personal staff numbers and introduce them into the IPPD system to facilitate their salary payment,” read Macharia’s letter in part.

 But Githinji said the absorption could not be done immediately because the county government was “rationalizing its health sector to give recommendation on among other issues staff shortages. 

“But by the end of October we will be ready to take all of them on board and redeploy some of them based on recommendation of the report,” said Githinji. 

He added that the workers had been paid their June arrears and July salaries from the county government kitty.

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