Governor Mbarire: Doctors missing work will face disciplinary action
Embu Governor Cecily Mbarire has cautioned medical officers against absenteeism at work especially in far flagged areas of the county where she said the incident has been rife due to lack of supervision.
Speaking at Runyenjes Level 4 hospital, Mbarire said that she will not tolerate absenteeism by medical officers in her administration adding that any medical officer found missing work will face serious disciplinary action.
“We are going to come up with a system that will allow us to track when doctors clock in to work and when they clock out…we will not allow a situation where a hospital can go without a single doctor for an entire day,” she said.
She called on ward administrators to conduct spot checks to ensure hospitals were working efficiently and asked Embu residents to notify her administration on any cases of absenteeism at work by medical officers.
The Governor kicked off a needs assessment tour to all the Level 4 hospitals in the county to identify the challenges that the hospitals are facing.
“We have come here today with the Deputy Governor and the entire medical health fraternity to conduct a needs assessment of all the level 4 hospitals because we are keen to turn around the operations of all the level 4 and level 5 hospitals. Also, we want to know how the hospitals are operating,” she said.
While on her tour, Mbarire noted that upon the supply of drugs and non-pharmaceuticals by KEMSA, the hospital is now up and running adding that patients are now able to get medication.
“People have started coming back to our public hospitals for treatment since the supply of drugs and non-pharmaceuticals was done and the hospitals are now getting back to life,” she said.
In addition to that, the governor promised to set up a supplementary budget that will cater to updating the medical systems of all level 4 hospitals noting that the current system was outdated.
She further promised to revive and re-service mega hospital machines to ensure efficient service delivery.