Government orders counties to hire 5,000 health staff

Friday, April 3rd, 2020 00:00 |
Deputy President William Ruto. Photo/File

The government has directed all county governments to hire 5,000 skilled health workers in seven days to ensure the country has enough medical personnel to fight Covid-19.

This came as the Council of Governors on Wednesday said they would recruit an additional 6,556 health workers.

 In his daily address yesterday, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe directed that all counties, which have submitted their requirements for the jobs and have advertised for the same should complete the process by next week.

β€œThe government has instructed with immediate effect the hiring of 5,000 skilled health workers across the counties beginning immediately with the aim of finalising hiring in seven days,” said Kagwe and directed all hospitals, which have given their requirements to continue hiring an additional 1,000 health workers.

All county commissioners and head teachers in boarding facilities were asked to ensure the facilities are ready for patients. 

β€œ We would like to see depending on the population of the county an additional 1,000 bed-capacity as quarantine facilities in boarding schools,” said Kagwe.

Early this week, Deputy President William Ruto  (pictured) said the government had asked the Education ministry and counties to identify at least 20 boarding schools per county that can be converted into health facilities.

As of yesterday, Kenya had confirmed 110 positive cases and two more deaths.

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