Kenya’s Ministry of Health has developed a strategic plan and employee relations guidelines to address the perennial industrial unrest plaguing the health sector.
With funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the government is seeking to build a mutual mechanism to address human resource issues affecting the Health Ministry and county governments.
The programme is being implemented jointly by the Ministry of Health and the Human Resource for Health (HRH) Capacity Bridge Project with a view to ensuring stability in the sector which has seen numerous strikes, especially following the devolution of health services to the county administrations.
HRH project manager Jennifer Kiema said here Sunday that the organization had also developed an Integrated Human Resource Information System (IHRIS) aimed at strengthening the capacity of national and county governments in human resource management (HRM).
She was speaking in Tana River County in southeastern Kenya during a workshop for health management teams in all the six counties within the Coast cluster. The workshop was attended by County Chief Officers and County Directors of Health in the region.
Kiema said the project was mandated to assist the national government develop guidelines and policies which address the issues of human resources for the health sector.
The health sector in Kenya has experienced industrial turmoil over the years. Doctors, nurses and other health workers have been going on strike almost annually to demand for better terms of service.
The employer-employee relationship in the health sector has been so cacophonous that an external arbiter has been seen to be necessary in order to stop the anguish experienced by patients and their kin.