Health lobbies want recent MOH appointments revoked, issue 7-day ultimatum

Health lobbies officials have called out the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Susan Nakhumicha, on the recent appointments made at the ministry terming the process discriminatory.

“We are aggrieved following the recent appointments by the health CS because there is a need for key changes in the health sector…for you to be able to attain the highest standard of health you need people from different backgrounds to bring in different input to the table to help with solutions,” Kenya Union of Clinical Officers (KUCO) Chairman Peterson Wachira said during a press briefing at the Upperhill Springs Hotel in Nairobi.

Wachira indicated that they would like the appointments revoked citing an unconstitutional process in selecting the heads of the sectors giving the ministry a seven-day ultimatum to adhere to their demands.

“Our problem is not the doctors; our problem is discrimination. We want the appointments to be revoked. The ministry has become very unresponsive and there are times they have not responded to our calls so we are giving them seven days and if they do not respond to our request we are going to court,” he said.

He went on to fault the Kenya Kwanza government for failing to hold up their end in prioritising primary healthcare.

“We have had a lot of hope with the current government. We saw a very good plan. In fact when the CS came in she said that they were going to prioritise primary healthcare but what we are seeing now is contrary to that,” he said.

KUCO Secretary General echoed Wachira’s statement condemning the exclusion of other cadres in the appointments further calling for fairness and inclusivity.

“Going by the appointments, it is our observation that the Ministry of Health has been converted into an exclusive club where elusively, only one humongous group is eligible for appointment to all important positions of policy and decision making and who are ironically supposed to establish diverse policies to guide a multi-disciplinary team of over 25 distinct health professionals in delivery of healthcare,” he said.

Gibore further condemned the appointments in an acting capacity accusing CS Nakhumicha of going against her word.

“We are against appointments in an acting capacity. The CS had said no one will be appointed in acting yet we are seeing this is now the case,” he said.

Collins Ajwang representing the National Nurses Association of Kenya expressed his disappointment in demanding for the implementation of the nursing and midwifery policy document and the adoption and implementation of the nurses and midwives schemes of service.

The organogram is skewed towards one or two cadres against the other 30 and as nurses we control almost 65% of the workforce. We provide almost 80% of health services,” he said.

CS Nakhumicha, on Wednesday 19th April, made some changes to the ministry retaining Dr. Patrick Amoth as acting Director-General of Health Services after four years in the role. Dr. Zainab Gura is to serve as the acting Deputy Director General for Medical Services.

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