Trans Nzoia: Unmotivated health workers feel isolated

Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union’s (KMPDU) Trans Nzoia liaison officer Dr. AZaietuni Akajoroit. Photo/Aspect News

Doctors in Trans Nzoia have expressed concern over a move by the area county government to overlook the welfare of health workers since the launch of a campaign to fight the spread of Corona Virus.

The medics painted a picture of a devastated workforce that has to put up with delayed salaries and a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) while waging war against the Covid 19 pandemic.

Dr. Zaietuni Akajoroit who is the region’s Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) liaison officer said the devolved government has breached a 2017 return to work agreement.

“The agreement with the committee in charge of doctor’s welfare stated that we have to receive our payment latest on the fifth of every month with any expected delay being communicated to us in time,’ she said.

Dr. Francis Soita said it’s hypocritical that the county government has been rallying locals to wear face masks to curb the spread of the virus while it has not acquired such equipment for its health staff.

“We have been forced to recycle masks that we acquired on our own which puts the patients we are attending to at a higher risk of infection in the event we contract the virus,” said Dr. Soita.

The region’s officials of the Kenya National union of nurses and those of the Kenya Clinical Officers’ Association have also complained of poor handling of their members by the county government.