Acting Makueni county Health CECM and Deputy Governor Adelina Mwau Wednesday inspected health facilities in Kibwezi East and Kibwezi West.
Adelina said that she was pleased with the quality of service by healthcare workers lauding them for a good job. She also noted that the hospitals had enough stock of drugs.
“I toured the facilities to assess the quality of service, the challenges they are facing, the staffing needs so that we can now sit and plan knowing what action needs to be taken.” The acting health CECM said.
“We have also been having a challenge of staffing and we wanted if it is a health center to have 4 medics. We want to have the four so that the hospital can work well even if one of the nurses goes on leave. We have established our hospitals have enough drugs and we are even treating people from Taita Taveta and Kitui.” She went on.
On Gender-based violence and mental health, she added that the health facilities had counseling facilities, and people with psychological issues especially during the hard times occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic can walk in the hospitals and be counseled.
On the issue of promotions, those who have been serving on a contract basis had their contracts extended by another 3 years. Last year, health workers in the county downed tools and promotions and contracts was one of their concerns. Other concerns included; risk allowance, health insurance, enough PPE’s, health service commission among other demands.
Health chief officer Patrick Kibwana noted that they had a challenge of family planning drugs a few months ago but that had been resolved.
“Family planning supplies we had a shortage sometimes back but donors streamlined the supply working with KEMSA. We are continuing with supplies every 3 months to ensure all our hospitals and labs have everything that they need.” He said.