Union asks counties to invest more in health staff

Counties have been asked to work with the national government and recruit more health workers in the wake of the CoronaVirus pandemic.

The Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPDU) says the existing workforce in the country is not sufficient to serve Kenyans.

Addressing the media at the Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital (KTRH), today, the union’ Nyanza Branch chairman Kevin Osuri said the health crisis facing Kenya as a result of the virus needs an enhanced health workforce.

The unionists had visited the facility to check how the county is prepared in the fight against COVID 19.

Osuri noted that Kenya has more than 3,000 unemployed doctors who need to be employed to ease the burden facing the health sector.

“We are experiencing difficult times as a nation and we have shortage of medics. We call upon the government to  move with speed and consider employing more staff so that we can work together in  the fight against  COVID 19,”he said.

He also noted that no doctor will be moved from his current station as it was early communicated by the county Government of Kisii.

Mr osuri hailed the County Government Of Kisii for ensuring that there are measures in place in case it reports any case of Corona virus.

“We have seen the level of preparedness in the county and they have assured us that despite shortages of some materials like masks, they have made arrangements to get more than 4,000  masks,” Osuri added.

He also called upon Kenyans to embrace guidelines which have been put by the Government in aid of curbing the spread of the disease.

“Let us abide by the regulations including the curfew and support any measures the Government has put in place in combating this pandemic,“ he said.

On her part, Kisii County Executive Committee Member for Health Services Sarah Omache  said that they have strengthened measures of ensuring that the fight against COVID 19 succeeds.

“We have prepared 40 beds for Isolation and 4 beds for treatment in case we find patients in need, “said Mrs Omache.

 She also noted that 18 specimens has been collected and taken to the laboratories whereby 16 cases had been confirmed negative.

“We are waiting for results of the remaining two case,” she said.

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