Uasin Gishu County Executive Committee Member in charge of Health Mrs Evelyn Rotich has cautioned staff members in her department that laziness and absenteeism will not be allowed.
Speaking while opening a one day workshop on evaluation of health workforce, Mrs Rotich said that all staff members in her department are expected to report and leave their respective workstations as stipulated in their appointment letters, saying that a different trend was slowly developing in the health facilities.
She said that she was aware of the culprits and stern action will be taken against them.
“I was shocked when I visited one health facility yesterday and I was told that they have a shortage of staff yet 3 of them were irregularly absent,” said Mrs Rotich.
The department head said that routine inspection will be intensified in all health facilities calling upon the officers in charge of every facility to ensure that their staff are in the right place at the right time.
On staff shortage, the tough-talking County Executive said that she was in constant consultation with the County Public Service Board with a view of adding more staff to serve the ever-growing population.
The same sentiments that were echoed by Commissioner Rev Ariko Ekitala who said that the board was aware of staff shortage.
Ariko who represented the County Public Service Board chair said that they only employed a third of what was required three years ago.
While challenging public health officers to up their game, the prelate said that the health department needs to invest more in public health citing that prevention is better than cure.
The recruiter asked various departments to strike a balance between allowing their staff to attend various training and working in the County facilities.
“I want to congratulate the department for providing required supplies at the local facilities as and when required, the facility at my workplace (Moi University) gets supplies from the central County pharmacy,” said Dr Ariko who is a chaplain at Moi University.
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