Health workers want referendum to revert health to State
31 March 2016, 12:10
Nairobi - The Association of Public Health workers has called for a referendum in bid to revert back Health services to central government.
Through their Secretary General, Mohammed Duba, the association said health would not have been devolved since County Governments have proven to lack capacity to handle it.
Speaking during their Annual General Meeting at Green Hills hotel, Nyeri, Duba called for establishment of a Health Commission to handle the plight of health workers.
He said the commission will bring to end health workers’ strikes and also address other grievances since it will be headed by health experts.
“Equipment can be devolved but the human resource should remain under management of the State. If a referendum comes by we shall support it and seek reversal of Health function to the national government,” said Duba.
He observed that there has been increase of Cholera and other communicable diseases since devolution came to place.
“Cholera has hit about 28 counties now. Something that was not there before. Some counties cannot buy drugs and chlorine chemicals to control Cholera which has become epidemic,” he complained.
He further alleged that some Counties were hiring environmental conservationists and quacks to handle health departments.
Duba urged the County Governments to prioritize health of their constituents.
“We have lobbied to have Health being managed by State but unsuccessfully. We sought President’s address but his hands are tied on this matter. There is breakdown of healthcare services,” said Duba
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