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Barchok to Enlist Health Workers on Permanent Terms

Health workers in Bomet County whose contracts are expiring need not to panic as Governor Professor Hillary Barchok has promised to prioritise them for employment on permanent and pensionable terms.

The affected workers have already received their respective notices normally given before service termination.

However, Barchok promised that they should not panic as they will be given priority in impending recruitment. “I want to assure the health workers that they will be given priority in the planned recruitment,” said the governor.

He spoke at the county headquarters on Monday when he unveiled the Afya Ugavi software.This software is used to provide assistance to strengthen commodity supply chain system for better performance in quantification, procurement, warehousing and distribution of commodities to ensure high level of accountability for improved service delivery.

A large number of employees serving under contract were recruited during the tenure of former Governors Isaac Ruto and the late Dr Joyce Laboso but are yet to be employed on permanent terms.

Barchok said his administration wants to pay medics good salaries and motivate them to serve the people. “We will deal with the employees’ promotion cases to make sure that health workers are properly motivated,” he said.

The Kenya County Government Workers Union (KCGWU) had raised concerns that 3,000 health workers may not have their contracts renewed.

But the governor downplayed the claims promising that his administration will hire health workers to boost service delivery in health centres across the county.

At the same time, the governor expressed his gratitude after the County received a consignment of pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical from the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) under the Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

“As a county government, we have received a huge consignment of pharmaceuticals and Non-pharmaceuticals from KEMSA under the UHC program at Longisa County Referral Hospital,” explained Barchok.

“The consignment will subsequently be distributed to all our health facilities to improve health service delivery,” he said.

By Lamech Willy

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