, MACHAKOS, Kenya, Mar 1 – Machakos Governor Dr Alfred Mutua has directed the County Ministers for Public Service, Health and Finance to immediately embark on a program of promotions and re-adjustment of job groups for all medical personnel in county hospitals.
Mutua added he was committed to improving the morale of health staff saying they played a very crucial role in ensuring that services at hospitals were delivered.
- Mutua said the promotion exercise was a costly program and should be implemented in a proper and expeditious manner, based on the available finances.
- Mutua said he had also directed that all health facilities across the county be fully equipped with essential drugs.
He ordered that promotions be pegged on years of service in the county, including before formation of county governments.
“Job groups should also be pegged at national standards. The County Public Service Board should ensure inequalities are corrected immediately,” said Mutua in a statement issued to journalists in Machakos Town by his Press Secretary and Communications Director Mutinda Mwanzia.
Health personnel in major hospitals across the county welcomed the directive from Governor Mutua saying the promotions were timely.
“I thank the Governor for addressing the plight of health workers. His move is appreciated,” said a Clinical Officer at the Machakos Level Five Hospital who declined to be named.
She said the promotions and salary adjustments will certainly improve the morale of staff.
Mutua said the promotion exercise was a costly program and should be implemented in a proper and expeditious manner, based on the available finances.
“A clear timetable should be prepared and communicated to all stakeholders,” said Mutua.
He reiterated that it was important that the working conditions of all medical practitioners and all our other workers are vastly improved to match their duties and to correct historical injustices.
“I am committed to improved healthcare for the people of Machakos and also the welfare of our medical practitioners,” said Mutua.
He announced that he will soon approve the hiring of more specialists, medical officers, clinical officers and nurses to enable the provision of better services and also reduce the heavy workload on the existing staff.
“Improved services is in the spirit of Maendeleo Chap Chap that is focused on the needs of the people, not political games,” said Mutua.
He said health personnel must also be committed to serving the public with dedication adding that their jobs were a calling to alleviate the suffering of humanity.
Mutua said he had also directed that all health facilities across the county be fully equipped with essential drugs.