The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Machakos County to Give Medics Health Insurance

The Machakos county government will provide medical insurance cover for all health personnel working for it. "We will have a provision for relocation allowance for doctors and nurses coming from any corner of the country and overseas," Governor Alfred Mutua said. Mutua was speaking to the press in his Machakos town office yesterday.

He was accompanied by the county executive for public health and emergency services Naomi Mutie. Mutua said a county health services committee has been formed with members drawn from the county government and representatives of health professionals who will be responsible for training, promotions, transfers and disciplinary matters.

The governor said the committee will look into the provision of responsibility allowance to those in administrative positions, the sponsorship of post graduate studies for health professionals and free housing for all doctors.

"We are now upgrading Machakos Level Five Hospital with a modern Intensive Care Unit, renal dialysis services, oncology department for cancer patients and a new 10-bed private wing," Mutua said.

He said the county government had set aside Sh464 million for the health sector for upgrading and building new dispensaries.

Mutua said the county views health care as an integral component of the development agenda.

He said devolution of the health sector is progressing well. "We are doing all we can as a county to attract and retain doctors and other health care professionals in Machakos," Mutua said.

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