County hires more health workers

Nakuru County government has hired more than 100 nurses to address the current shortage of health workers across the County.

Naivasha sub-county referral hospital would receive 24 of the hired nurses while the rest would be deployed in other areas of the County facing the shortage.

According to CEC for health Dr. Jonah Mwangi, more nurses would be hired before the end of the financial year despite the high wage bill that the County is currently experiencing.

Saying that the County government was committed to addressing the issue of staff shortage in all the health centers in the County, the chief officer added that more nurses and clinical officers would be hired in the coming years once funds were available.

He said so far, 118 nurses have been hired in the first phase and deployed in the most needy health centers.

On the number of non-operational health centers in the County, Dr. Mwangi said that an audit was going on before the County makes a decision on the way forward.

He however stated that all operational health facilities in the County had adequate medical supplies and the County was keen to improve on health service delivery.

This came even as the County government was challenged to stop the construction of more health centers in the County until the current ones were fully equipped and staffed.

A survey by a health taskforce appointed by Governor Lee Kinyanjui in 2017 indicated that having non-operational health centers was a major challenge facing the health sector.

In Naivasha alone, about ten health centers that were constructed by the County government and CDF kitty have remained un-utilized many months down the line.

Naivasha Professional Association (NPA) CEO Absolom Mukuusi has however described the health centers as white elephants and advised the County government to stop new constructions until all the current health centers were equipped and staffed.

Source: Kenya News Agency