Samburu governor goes flat out for doctors and nurses
Doctors and other health staff who apply for jobs in Samburu will be paid handsomely. According to Governor Moses Lenolkulal, the county needs to fill 209 vacancies in its 57 health facilities. The governor was speaking on Saturday at the Samburu County Referral Hospital when he launched two new mobile clinic trucks and three ambulances worth Sh70 million to enhance service delivery in remote areas.
“We have an acute shortage of qualified personnel, leading to avoidable infant and maternal deaths. We will ensure that the vacancies are filled,” said Mr Lenolkulal. The mobile clinic units would be based at Baragoi and Wambaa towns to serve the residents of Samburu North and Samburu East sub-counties.
A mobile clinic truck that was donated by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta in her Beyond Zero Campaign last August will now only serve Samburu Central Sub-County. Mr Lenolkulal said his government was holding consultations with medical schools in a bid to attract qualified personnel. “The people of Samburu have suffered for a long time. We have the capacity to hire the best medical staff to improve the lives of our people,” he said.
Finance Executive Jonathan Lesein said his office had initiated talks with local banks to ease mortgage terms to attract medical workers, who would enjoy low interest mortgages guaranteed by the county government. Samburu West MP Lati Lelelit praised devolution, saying the funds the region had received in the past two years for development were the highest the county had ever received since independence. The governor directed the county Public Service Board to implement all pending promotions for intern doctors, who have served for more than a year.
Mr Lenolkulal equally directed the county’s Finance department to ensure the salaries for health personnel and other staff were paid in full with all deductions and contributions for Saccos remitted promptly. He said the budget for development projects would be reduced to employ more nurses. The governor said his government is an equal opportunity employer. Governor Lenolkulal said Maralal Hospital needed expansion to cope with the increasing number maternity services.
Courtersy of Daily Nation