By Dr Alfred Mutua.
In recognition of the sacrifice our Machakos County health workers are making at this time of great stress and extra duties due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Machakos Government has decided to pay them an extra allowance of Kshs. Kshs 20,000, 10,000 & Kshs 5,000 per month based on their duties.
Those to receive the 20,000 shillings are the health professionals who are in the Machakos Covid-19 Surveillance team doing door to door monitoring of quarantined patients. Non-professional surveillance team members to get Kshs. 10,000 per month.
Other professional health workers – doctors, nurses, clinical officers etc will receive Kshs. 10,000 shillings because they are the ones examining patients some of whom might be Covid-19’positive. The supportive health worker cadres will receive 5,000 shillings.
These allowances will start from April 1st, 2020 for an initial period of three months.
Machakos already has 122 isolation beds spread over 9 sub counties and we are procuring more items to ensure we are ready to keep our people alive. The health workers who will be working in isolation wards will also receive additional allowances equivalent to that of the surveillance teams.
In addition to the allowances, we are ensuring that we are providing adequate masks to all health workers. This is in addition to sanitizers and temperature guns that have been availed in health facilities. Protective gear is available to frontline health workers handling Covid-19 patients.
The allowances we are giving our health workers are just a token of appreciation based on what we can afford so as to show them that we we care and we will continue supporting them and ensuring we have the right equipment, commodities and environment to keep them safe.
We have made this decision based on the doctrine of necessity, public interest and the fact that extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures.
I am very proud of my health workers in Machakos and we have a very good working relationship based on dialogue. I am pleased that currently my health workers tell me that Machakos has created the best conducive environment for health workers.
I wish to assure all Machakos County Employees that my Government is finding alternative ways to pay salaries because there has been a delay in Treasury and no salaries of government employees has been paid anywhere in Kenya.
When everything is said and done, investment in health care and supportive infrastructure and systems is what should be at the top of leadership agendas, which is why I have made it my key priority.
Dr. Alfred N. Mutua, E.G.H.,
Governor of Machakos &
Maendeleo Chap Chao Party Leader
April 8th 2020