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Baringo County promotes its 4,000 workers

Baringo Governor Stanley Kiptis has announced that over 4,000 county staff have been promoted and they will receive their letters by the end of this month.

Speaking on Thursday when he officially commissioned a modern theatre, maternity wing, X-ray unit, administration block and a water project at Kabartonjo Level Three hospital, Governor Kiptis said that the move is geared towards motivating the employees some who have stagnated for more than 21 years despite possessing the requisite academic and professional certificates.

“Here in Baringo you will find somebody who has stayed for 17 and others record 21 years in one grade and earning the same salary therefore there is no motivation factor that can drive them to offer better results,” he pointed out.

He stated that among those to benefit from the promotion include 807 health workers across the seven sub counties who play a crucial role in the provision of quality healthcare services as envisaged on universal health coverage.

He added that his administration through the County Public Service Board (CPSB) has already advertised several positions in key departments like Health, Agriculture and enforcement team where there are only 28 officers thinly spread between Kabarnet and other major towns.

“In the health sector we only have 498 nurses registering a shortfall of 500 nurses, 28 nutritionists instead of the approved establishment of 216, Agriculture department which had 381 employees in 2017 currently has less than 100. All these shortages have been occasioned by inadequate funding and government regulation that cap the wage bill for workers at 35 percent,” he said.

At the same time Governor Kiptis said that his administration has established an electronic medical record system at Baringo County Referral Hospital, Kabarnet, as well as in Chemolingot, Kabartonjo and Eldama Ravine to monitor movement of drugs and record of patients.

He said that the machine apart from digitization the technological software will completely eradicate loss of drugs and pilferage of revenue and ensure all that activities within all the health facilities.

“Long before, papers were being used to record patients’ information and subsequent payment followed but with the technology we are able to track down those who are contributing to the loss of our revenues,” he said.

He added that soon the electronic medical record system will be installed at Marigat and Mogotio Sub County Hospitals before being cascaded to the county’s 28 health facilities and 55 dispensaries across the region to boost health care services.

Governor Kiptis also urged property developers in Kabartonjo town to construct quality accommodation facilities to house senior civil servants posted to the sub county.

The Baringo governor, accompanied by his deputy Jacob Chepkwony and senior officers from the department of health, regretted that officers working in the sub county are forced to seek accommodation in Kabarnet town which is 20 kilometres away on daily basis spending a lot of time and resources on the road because there are no good houses for them to rent in the area.

He noted that officers working in critical dockets like health and other national government departments always have to leave their work stations a bit early instead of providing quality services to wananchi because of distance.

A new maternity wing at Kabartonjo Level Three hospital with 20 bed capacity was officially commissioned by Governor Stanley Kiptis on Thursday

Mr Kiptis also called to land owners in the environs to cede part of their shambas and sell out to facilitate expansion of the town.

He stated that the town has experienced slow growth for a long time due to lack of space for development, a situation he noted would have been alleviated if land owners sold part of their lands to potential developers.

The county boss also expressed concern over the lack of quality restaurants and eateries in Kabartonjo sub county headquarters that offer quality foods and accommodation services that capture the hearts of visitors and customers frequently in the region on official duties.

The absence of such critical services, the county boss stated, will continue to deny the town and residents much needed incomes and employment opportunities that would be offered by a flourishing hotel industry.

On the new facilities launched, the governor expressed confidence that the hospital now will boost the sub county’s push towards the realization of Universal Health Coverage (UHC), one of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four agenda on affordable healthcare and nutrition.

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