By Our Reporter
Kajiado County Senator Samuel Kanar Seki has called for Kajiado county health sector stakeholders’ engagement meeting.
The senator says his office has received numerous complaints from the public regarding the level and quality of services in Kajiado county medical facilities specifically on human resources, diagnostic and prescriptive capacities.
In a letter dated December 15,2022 inviting stakeholders the senator indicated that the Senate serves to protect the interests of counties and county governments.
He said his office is committed to ensuring that the residents of Kajiado County do not miss out on their right to the best possible services, especially on matters of health, due to avoidable management gaps.
The stakeholders invited for the meeting are union officials of the various medical fields, civil society groups, hospital boards, ministry of health representatives, resident/neighborhood associations, professional associations/groups, the business community, trade unions, consumer lobby groups, community/opinion leaders, the local administration and concerned residents
“The first step towards getting a solution to the complaints before me is to give an ear to a broad spectrum of health stakeholders to obtain a fair view of the prevailing status. This is therefore to invite the above stakeholders to consultative meetings as per the attached schedule,” part of the statement read.
The main objective of the consultations is to identify the real gaps in service delivery and prescribe suitable mitigation measures and appropriate institutions for required action.
The meetings will be held in Kajiado Central at Cultural centre and Kajiado East Maasai Discovery Hotel on 20th December.
In Kajiado North and West it will be held in PEC Hotel Ngong on 21st December. Those in Kajiado South will meet in African Plate on 23rd.
There has been war of words between senior county health officers after transfer of a number of staff.
The county assembly had summoned the county officers in connection with the issues.
County Executive Committee member in charge of health Alex Kilouwa appeared before Assembly Health Committee and defended himself saying there was no transfers done on 24th November ,2022.
He said Chief Officer in charge of Health Services Jonathan Kulei refused to implement his proposals and the hospital staff were not transferred.
“There was public outcry in Loitoktok sub county hospital patients were seeking services in Tanzania, Machakos and Makueni counties services which would have been offered by the hospital, people who were not patients were sleeping in patients beds, the hygiene in the hospital was wanting, there was a chemist owned by one the pharmacist in the hospital creating conflict of interest,” said Kilouwa
The CEC was questioned on transfers of health officers. More than 50 transfers were done between October and November this year.
Kulei had revoked the transfers. He said the transfers were done without getting involvement as CO.
The CEC Kilouwa and Chief officer Kulei differences played out publicly during the assembly grilling.
Last month Seki said the transfers were a political move by governor Joseph ole Lenku’s administration.
He said there has been a public outcry regarding the huge number of staff in the Department of Health who have recently transferred most of them on demotion.
On October 13, 2022, some 50 staff members were transferred to different health facilities across the county.
Days later on October 23, a total of 13 members of the County Health Management Team (CHMT) were transferred. Again, on November 23, 40 staff were transferred, including 30 senior medical doctors.
Seki said In a letter dated November 25, the Chief Officer, of health services, has written to revoke all the transfers, which reveals that there are wrangles within the administration.