Kakamega County governor Wycliffe Oparanya has constituted a committee to investigate allegations of malpractices in the health sector.
The governor was responding to a petition filed by two members of the public seeking his intervention in the matter following claims that health workers were taking bribes from patients in exchange for service.
Oparanya swore that once the investigations were concluded, those found culpable would face disciplinary action.
He regretted that such concerns were raised at a time when the county government had invested heavily in the health sector to offer better health care to the residents.
The county head said a major problem has arisen from a situation where health workers are engaging in private practice and at the same time serving in public hospitals which leads to conflict of interest.
“I am appealing to the medics to either fully engage in private practice or choose to work in public hospitals,” he opined.
He said the county government had improved the infrastructure and the welfare of workers in the health sector to motivate performance adding that such vices will not be entertained.
The County CEO said they have come up with a system of rewarding excellence through promotion so as to boost morale of the labour force.