Waiguru reinstates 72 suspended medics, renews contracts for 388 others

Kirinyaga County Governor Anne Waiguru has reinstated 72 suspended health workers into the payroll and renewed contracts for another 388.

The Governor says the County Government will also settle salary arrears dating back to 2019 when they were suspended following a strike by medical workers.

In a meeting between the medics and the governor on Wednesday at the governor’s official residence in Kagio, Waiguru said she has also renewed contracts for 388 health workers who include 252 nurses, 73 clinical officers, 18 medical officers, 30 medical lab technologists, 4 dental officers, 4 radiographers, 2 pharmacists and 5 orthopedic trauma technologists.

The governor said that the 72 practitioners have been paid their May and June salaries and will be paid their arrears in phases in accordance with their agreement with the county government.

She said that a total budget of Ksh 280 million has been set aside to take care of the health workers pay, noting that 60% of the county’s budget goes to the health sector to cater for both development and recurrent needs of the sector.

Waiguru also promised to absorb the medics into permanent and pensionable terms if reelected for a second term.

She however urged them to continue giving their best to the residents noting that the county’s healthcare provision has greatly improved.

“Our aim is to make Kirinyaga a world class model in provision of health services, I urge you to continue giving your best in provision of quality health care services,” She said.

The reinstated medics commended the governor for her efforts in improvement of the health infrastructure and provision of the required equipment saying it will enable them perform their duties in an enabling environment.

“The welfare of our medical practitioners remains an integral aspect of our health service delivery and we strive to ensure that they operate within a conducive work environment.” The governor said.

She said that her government’s flagship Kerugoya Level Five Hospital project will soon open its doors to the residents offering them the specialized services previously sought elsewhere. She added that the facility will also offer the medics an opportunity to serve in a high-end medical facility right within the county.

Waiguru said that the completion and equipment of dispensaries has also enhanced the provision of primary healthcare.

 

 

 

 

  

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