State to spend Sh13b to train health care workers

Thursday, November 18th, 2021 00:00 | By
FROM LEFT: Kenya Progressive Nurses Association (KPNA) chairman Michael Nyongesa, Kericho governor Paul Chepkwony and Devolution CS Charles Keter arrive at Kericho Green Stadium for opening of KPNA 35th Annual Scientific on Tuesday. Photo/PD/PHILIP YEGON 

The Ministry of Devolution is set to roll out a training programme for health professionals across the country. 

Devolution Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter revealed the training would start in the next three weeks to build capacity among health professionals. 

He said Sh13 billion will be injected into the training. 

The CS spoke at Kericho Green Stadium when he officially opened the Kenya Progressive Nurses Association 35th Annual Scientific Conference on Tuesday. 

Kericho Governor Paul Chepkwony and Kenya National Union of Nurses Secretary General Seth Panyako were also present. 

“There’s need for training and support among the health workers because it will sharpen their skills. So my ministry is ready for this programme as it will go along way in improving service delivery to members of the public in our health facilities,” Keter added. 

Amend act

He said his ministry is committed to improving infrastructure in health facilities. 

The CS called for amendment of County Government Act to let County Public Service Boards to work with Public Service Commission  in hiring health professionals. 

He said there was need to have the workers transfer to other counties rather being tied to one county forever for exposure and transfer or exchange of skills. 

The Devolution CS called on stakeholders in both the ministry of Health and his ministry to deliberate on the issue plus health workers associations and unions with a view to amending the act.

Governor Paul Chepkwony announced that 400 nurses on contract in Kericho county with be employed on Permanent and Pensionable terms next week.

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