Society / Health & Science
Wednesday, 07 Dec 2016 17:19 EATamboleokata@gmail.com
The county government of Nakuru has moved to mitigate the health crisis caused by the striking health workers by hiring new ones on contract basis. As of today, four health facilities have been opened to members of the public, this follows a resolution by a task force formed by Governor Kinuthia Mbugua to look into the crisis in the health sector to hire health workers to replace the striking ones.
Nakuru CEC for health Dr Kabii Mungai who addressed journalists said that Nakuru Level Five Hospital, Langalanga Health Centre, Mirugi Kariuki Health Centre and Bondeni Health Centre have started offering services to the public. He said that at least 300 health workers who were hired on contract basis following advertisement placed on Saturday will be the ones to attend to patients.
Further, Dr Mungai said that there are doctors who have indicated that they are willing to work but they have been facing threats from union officials. He pointed out that the county security team has promised to provide security to health workers who are willing to work.
The health officer said that the county government intends to open at least one health facility in every sub county in order to address the current crisis. Health chief officer Dr Samuel Mwaura said that union officials have been evading them whenever they are invited for talks.
He said that the union officials will not be allowed to threaten any health worker who is willing to work, adding that the county government will also be moving to court seeking to have the ongoing strike declared illegal. Dr Mwaura said that one theater will be opened at Nakuru level five hospital where emergency cesarean procedures will be attended to.
Nakuru county commissioner Joshua Nkanatha who is a member of the task force said that the CID have been instructed to investigate health officers who are threatening their colleagues in social media. He said that armed police officers will be deployed in all health facilities in order to ensure smooth running of services during the strike period.
The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County