The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Nandi to Employ New Health Workers

THE Nandi county government will advertise recruitment of new health workers to replace those on strike. Governor Cleophas Lagat said health facilities have to continue rendering services despite the ongoing health workers strike.

"We are not in a position to intervene in the strike because it is a constitutional matter. We will have to recruit new workers to ensure patiesnt do not suffer any more," he said.

Lagat was speaking during 50 years Jamhuri day celebrations held at the Kipchoge Keino Stadium in Kapsabet town. "A head count carried out by the county government on the ministry of health staffs has revealed shocking results," he said.

Lagat said the county has more than 300 ghost workers who have been earning salaries from the national government. He said the government looses close to Sh18 million each month in paying salaries to ghost workers. "The beneficiaries of the money are fueling the strike since they know their days are numbered," Lagat said.

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