No payment for striking healthcare workers- Busia governor

By Governor Press Unit

Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong has emphasized that striking healthcare workers will not be paid.

Speaking during a consultative meeting with doctors and pharmacists at the Busia County Referral Hospital (BCRH) on Monday, HE Ojaamong revealed that his administration has dispatched a team of officers on the ground to establish those who have resumed work following his amnesty mid last week.

“We have already put our teams in every hospital to ensure they check after every four hours those who have reported on duty,” said the governor, stressing that it is not about reporting on duty but payment will be based on work done.

He said his government has strived to address grievances raised by the striking nurses and clinical officers, noting that most of the pending issues are supposed to be handled by the National Government including the formation of the Health Commission and risk allowances.

“The striking health workers have confirmed that they are in solidarity with their colleagues yet their issues have been looked into,” he said, noting that those who continue to ignore the appeal to return to work will be flashed out of the public health institutions.

The Governor at the same time stated that he is keen on improving the health sector by putting in place good infrastructure, increasing the number of health personnel and ensuring there is sufficient commodities.

The County Chief also met the Laboratory Personnel, where he assured them that he will look into their grievances among them shortage of staff, Comprehensive Medical cover, Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and increase of the lab budgetary allocation to facilitate various key services.

“Most of the issues raised are genuine concerns that will be addressed including the creation of the position of Laboratory Director and the Deputy,” he said, adding that funds will be factored in the County budget.

The Governor further added that: “All our public health facilities at the Sub County level have laboratories which are going to be fully equipped to ensure effective and efficient service delivery.”

He also took the opportunity to commend healthcare workers for their commitment towards the fight against Coronavirus (Covid-19) despite the limited resources, noting that his administration will continue engaging them to sort out emerging issues.

Present also were chairperson of County Public Service Board Ms. Assumpta Obore,

Chief Officers Dr Isaac Omeri (Medical Services), Clementina Omoto (Public Service and Administration), Directors Dr Janerose Ambuchi (Medical Services) and Dr David Mukabi (Universal Health Coverage).

Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong addressing doctors at BCRH on Monday.

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