In Summary
  • The CHS's decision to lay off it's personnel at the 119 hospitals across the county has led to fears that services will grind to a halt as Siaya is already grappling with a shortage of health workers.
  • Local leaders raised concerns about the loss of jobs and the impact on services at health facilities.
  • Health officials remained tight-lipped on the matter with, with Health minister Dorothy Owino promising to give official communication on Wednesday.

A crisis is looming in the Siaya health sector as an NGO that has been partnering with the county is planning to terminate the contracts of at least 300 people working at various facilities.

Following the announcement by the Centre for Health Solutions (CHS), the county assembly health committee held a crisis meeting for three hours, with County Health Chief Officer Dr Samuel Omondi, to discuss the matter.

Sources told the Nation that the committee chaired by Abigael Awino (Central Gem Ward) sought to know the county's plan to cushion the sector and prevent a crisis.

Health officials remained tight-lipped on the matter with, with Health minister Dorothy Owino promising to give official communication on Wednesday.

Dr Omondi also declined to comment on the issue but later sent a message saying Ms Owino would hold a press conference.

FEAR

The CHS's decision to lay off it's personnel at the 119 hospitals across the county has led to fears that services will grind to a halt as Siaya is already grappling with a shortage of health workers.

In a letter dated August 15, the non-governmental organisation said those affected were asked to clear and hand over to their immediate supervisors by end of September.

The letter seen by the Nation stated, "This is to notify you that your contract with the Department of Health under the Health ministry's SHINDA project 2018/2019 comes to an end on September 29."

SHINDA  is a five-year HIV prevention, care and treatment programme funded by the US President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (PEPFAR) through the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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