Health CS urges nurses to resume work

MARSABIT, Kenya 17 October 2017 – The Cabinet for Health, Dr. Cleopa Mailu has appealed to nurses who have not reported back to work to do so as the National and County Governments resolves their remaining grievances.

“The government operates within a given budgetary allocation each financial year and the issues of risk and uniform allowances will be catered for in the next budgetary allocation,” said Dr. Mailu today during a tour of public health facilities in Marsabit county, accompanied by the Principal Secretary for Health, Mr. Julius Korir, the Director of Medical Services, Dr.Jackson Kioko and Marsabit Governor Mohammed Muhammad Ali. 

The CS disclosed that through a partnership with stakeholders, malaria cases in the region has been contained and the ministry will be launching will be launching a catchup campaign on immunization on Thursday 19, October in 11 counties where the programme lapsed due to the health workers strike.

Dr. Mailu disclosed that KEMRI and other partners will establish a research centre to find out why cases of certain cancers and some communicable diseases are common in the area and promised to deploy health specialists in the county to fill the existing gap in health facilities.

The KMTC is also expected to visit the county to carry out a feasibility study which will inform the setting up of a college to build human capacity in public health facilities in the area.

Governor Mohammed Muhamud Ali added that the county government has prioritized health as an important sector by setting aside Ksh.100 million for construction of a Kenya Medical Training College and Ksh. 60 million for  monthly NHIF payment for the less advantaged.

“I am also appealing to people who are 70 years and above to register with the national government’s equalization fund as well as the disabled and orphans to register and benefit from social insurance fund,” said Dr. Mailu.