Mbarire cautions medical staff over absenteeism – Kenya News Agency
Cecily Mbarire, Embu Governor has warned medical professionals in the area against chronic absenteism, especially in remote areas.
Mbarire, who was speaking at Runyenjes Level 4 medical facility after launching a needs assessment tour of all Level 4 hospitals within the county, said that any health worker found to be absconding will face severe disciplinary action.
The governor urged all Embu residents that they notify her administration if there are any cases of absenteeism by medical personnel. She said that this is a result of a lack of supervision.
She stated that she will be conducting a need assessment tour at all local Level 4 hospitals in order to improve the operation of these facilities.
The governor said that the tour was necessary to identify the problems facing the county’s Level 4 hospitals and to establish what must be done for both short-term and long-term planning by the current administration.
“We have come here today with the Deputy Governor and the entire medical fraternity because we are keen to turn around the operations of all the level 4 and 5 hospitals. Also, we want to know how the hospitals are operating,” said Mbarire.
The Governor at Runyenjes Level IV hospital noted that patients now had access to medication due to the availability of non-pharmaceuticals and drugs by KEMSA.
“People have started coming back to our public hospitals for treatment since the supply of drugs was done and the hospitals are now getting revived,” she said.
The Governor also stated that the hospital’s medical system is outdated and needed to be updated. Her administration will soon propose a supplement budget to address these gaps.
She also promised that she would re-service megahospital machines that had been stuck for a long period of time in order to ensure improved service delivery and smooth operation of the hospitals.
Mbarire also promised to equip local medical laboratories so that patients can receive quality services.
By Justus Anzaya