KMPDU Pledge to Support Waiguru’s Health sector Transformation
Kirinyaga governor Anne Waiguru has assured medical practitioners in the county of her support to deliver services to the people. She said apart from improving working conditions for doctors, nurses and other medical service providers, her administration has at all times ensured its staff are paid on time and their deductions remitted in a timely manner.
Speaking when the newly elected Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) Central Branch officials paid her a courtesy call at her residence in Kagio, the governor said she was committed to transforming the health sector in the county through building of new medical facilities, upgrading of the existing ones and addressing welfare of workers. She said her administrations would employ more doctors, nurses and other medical workers to work in the newly constructed medical complex at the Kerugoya Level Five Hospital and the upgraded Kimbimbi and Kianyaga hospitals. She said upgrading of Kimbimbi and Kianyaga to level four hospital will be done this year as she had already allocated funds. “The infrastructural development will be complemented by an expanded workforce which will create room for absorption of more medics and also enhance service delivery,” she said. She noted that even though the two parties may have differing opinions, many issues can be resolved through dialogue adding that it has taken a lot of effort from her government to ensure that despite constrained resources, provision of healthcare services is always prioritized. She urged the officials to ensure that their union looks out for the common good of the county residents as opposed to leaning towards activism which may lead to disruption of services. “All that the residents care about is good service delivery, let’s all strive to achieve that.” The governor added.
On their part, the KPMDU officials pledged to forge a harmonious working relationship with the governor to help in delivery of quality healthcare in the county. They said that good working relations between the County Government and the union will go a long way in enhancing service delivery to the county residents. Union’s Chairman Dr. James Maina Githinji expressed satisfaction for the massive infrastructural and service delivery reforms that the county government has implemented in the health sector. “We have seen the new hospital complex coming up at Kerugoya, which demonstrates your commitment in improving the health sector. Kirinyaga is also one of the counties where the workers are paid on time and their deductions remitted in a timely manner.” said Dr. Githinji.