[Chairman Uasin Gishu County Service Board-Joseph Tanui]
Uasin Gishu District Hospital resumed medical operations yesterday after the county recruited 17 new staff.
The county service board chairman Joseph Tanui said the new staff were recruited based on an earlier requirement by the Ministry of Health to recruit 80 health workers.
“The county sought to hasten the interviews for the new staff so as to salvage the situation caused by the on-going strike by heath workers and restore services at the hospital,”said Tanui.
He said the new staff were not a replacement for the striking workers.He added that that was only a county decision to bring them on board to have them start work at a time when other workers are on strike.
“The ministry of health had sometime in May 2013 given the county a directive to hire additional staff through the county service board,” Tanui revealed.
According to the County Executive in charge of Health Dr Eunice Siria,the workers have enough experience to execute their medical duties efficiently as they were previously working in reputable
private hospitals and clinics in the region. She said lot was subjected to an interview and found to be qualified.
“The service board has conducted thorough interviews and patients are guaranteed to get the best medical attention from the new staff,”said Dr Siria. She dispelled fears among striking workers that their allowances and salaries would be reduced by the county government.
She further appealed to the striking health workers to resume work saying the county government would not alter their emoluments whatsoever.
The health staff recruited by the county government include eight clinical officers, two lab technicians, two pharmacists and four nurses.