A narrative has been woven that the Doctors’ strike has been exacerbated by the refusal of the county government to implement the CBA and lack of dialogue with the health practitioners. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Following the signing of that CBA in 2017, the Council of Governors in consultation with the Doctor’s National Union, developed an implementation matrix that was sent to the counties to guide the development of individual County CBA Implementation Matrices.
Kisumu County CBA Implementation Matrix;
The CBA Implementation Committee comprising members of the executive and the County KMPDU leadership was inaugurated and commenced work in February 2019.
The committee completed and jointly adopted “Kisumu County CBA Implementation Matrix” in mid-March which was then tabled in the county cabinet and approved for implementation in April.
The County expeditiously proceeded with the implementation of the CBA as outlined in the matrix recommendations achieving 95% within six months. Some of the specific issues outlined include;
- Union Rights;
That Union and other statutory deductions are remitted on time and on a regular basis. This has been achieved and ongoing.
- Employment Conditions;
Establish suitable doctors’ call rooms in all level IV hospitals. The County has since built 10 Call Rooms at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital at a cost of 9 million which will be ready for use in two months. There are also plans to build call rooms in all the Sub County hospitals.
- Doctors’ Rights;
Carrying out a training needs assessment for doctors and releasing employees eligible for professional development. My government has currently sponsored and sent out 15 Doctors for training in different institutions.
Promotion of doctors to their correct job groups. This was the only pending issue and is currently being effected with the individual letters of promotion being drawn up by the County Public Service.
The implementation of the doctors’ promotions was discussed and agreed with the Union to be effected by December owing to the budgetary processes involved. This was achieved last week when the cabinet approved that appropriation and the communication conveyed to the Public Service Board and the Union. The letters are now here with us one week and half later.
What is most disturbing is that as soon as the information was conveyed to KMPDU through their Nyanza Branch Chairperson, they went ahead and declared the industrial action.
In view of the above, it is quite clear that the County Government has adhered to the CBA implementation Matrix, constantly been in consultation with the Union leadership and has engaged with the doctors with utmost sincerity and openness.
What then is the import of these constant calls to strike? Is there something at play that is necessitating the use of innocent people’s lives as pawns? Does the Hippocratic Oath mean anything to our doctors? Are the doctors so conflicted in their interest? What is the role of the stakeholders such as the media in bringing to the open these conflicted interests?
This strike by Kisumu doctors is therefore unfortunate, inappropriate and unwarranted and cannot be tagged to the CBA implementation.
Nowhere has a CBA Implementation matrix been achieved in totality within six months. Kisumu has! Is that not respect for the symbiotic relationship with workers?
Kisumu Government Spokesperson.
The Governor Prof. P. Anyang’ Nyong’o this week joined CAS Dr. Rashid Amana, Vihiga Governor H.E. Wilberforce Ottichilo, Deputy Governors from Busia, Siaya, Bungoma counties and county health ministers at a high-level meeting christened the Kenya – Cuba Malaria Vector Control Project held at Grand Royal Swiss Hotel in Kisumu.
This is one of the wins of a trip to Cuba in March 2018 made by Kisumu Governor Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o and the President H.E Uhuru Kenyatta that not only saw Cuban doctors deployed to Kenya and in all the 47 counties to offer technical expertise but also a bilateral agreement was signed on the implementation of Malaria Vector Control Project between Kenya and Cuba.
The two – year project proposes use of a biological larvicides to kill young stages of mosquitoes in identified water bodies in 8 lake endemic counties of Kisumu, Migori, Siaya, Homa Bay, Kakamega, Bungoma, Busia and Vihiga.
The project that aims at significantly reducing malaria prevalence, will be implemented at the community level through mentor ship and technical expertise by ten Cuban experts and the National Malaria Program.
Distributions continue in flood-hit Nyando and Nyakach sub-counties with all most 2100 households having received enough rations of wheat flour rice, blankets and other basic supplies to last them
Governor Nyong’o in the accompany of the County Commissioner and His deputy Dr. Mathew Owili led a delegation of National Government officers, county officials and other humanitarian partners to the distribution rations and visiting flood victims at Ombaka and Nyong’ong’a Rescue Centres in Nyando and Nyakach sub-counties to monitor the ongoing rescue activities.
The Governor reported that the county eventually hopes to provide emergency food rations to all affected people across Nyando and Nyakach in Kisumu County.
In collaboration with the national government and well-wishers, the governor said, the county government of Kisumu has continued distributing food and other supplies to the victims and that with the help of the Kenyan Government to assess the scale of the crisis and the needs of those affected by the subsequent flood.
The leadership recognized that with the persistent floods, there are fears that people living in affected areas will have no crops to harvest, jeopardizing their food security in the coming months.
However, the governor pledged continuous support towards the affected households.
By Matilda Atieno
Seme sub-county emerged winners in the Kisumu 2019 boat race competition held at Hippo point beach in Kisumu central.
The Kisumu 2019 boat race brought together 20 teams representing 2 males and 2 females’ teams from each of the 5 sub-counties that participated in the final competitions.
While addressing the event, The Chief Officer for Tourism Sports and Culture, Mr. Thomas Ouko stated that County government under the leadership of Governor Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o is pleased to undertake the water sport activities to the higher levels as a means to alleviate sports tourism in the county.
The teams drawn from the 38 beaches in 5 sub-counties including Nyakach, Seme, Kisumu West, Nyando and Kisumu central gave their all in the competition as Kehancha from Seme emerging the best in both men and women races.
The race marked a dominant afternoon for Seme whose women also defeated hippo point women earlier in the day.
The race triumph was a magical moment for the first position both men and women teams winning gold medals, a trophy and 20 thousand shillings for the team, second position gifted with the silver medals, a trophy and 15 thousand shillings while the third position getting the bronze medals, a trophy and 10 thousand shillings respectively.
The County government under the directorate of sports organized the boat race competition to have the water sport as the county signature sports tourism.
According to Director of sports and culture Mr. Ken Otieno, the county looks forward to a regional competition between counties along the lake, adding that more activities including wrestling will be enjoined to build up the annual water sporting activities.
By Matilda Atieno
TENDER No. CGK/COK/S/2019-2020/01-CONSULTANCY FOR PREPARATION OF A 5 YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN FOR THE CITY OF KISUMU
Consultancy for Preparation of a 5 year strategic plan for the City of Kisumu
Kisumu county health workers are set to benefit from the training on nurturing Care for Early Childhood Development interventions in the health sector, an initiative supported by UNICEF.
The nurturing care framework is a new approach to get the entire government and society to work together to address factors that impact child development outcomes namely; good health, adequate nutrition, early learning, safety & security and responsive care-giving.
The workshop on The Care for Child Development (CCD) held at Bondo in Siaya County was officially opened by Mama Kisumu Dorothy Nyong’o, who also attended the training in her capacity as County ECD Champion (CCD).
The Care for Child Development (CCD) workshop is meant to equip health managers in Kisumu county to train other health workers in health facilities and community levels to implement nurturing care interventions in the health sector.
As the rains continue to pound and cause havoc within the county, numbers of the affected persons is on the increase at the designated evacuation centers which calls for quick response on both food and nonfood items for the victims.
It is in the light of this, that the flood response coordinating committee comprising of county government team led by Ruth Odinga who is also the chairperson, development partners such as UNICEF, Care Kenya. World Vision, Red Cross, Makini Schools and Community well-wishers held a meeting to deliberate on how provide aid to the displaced persons.
With the growing population at the evacuation centers, assessment should be carried out to inform the needs of the people in the affected areas for accurate response.
Some of the foreseen immediate needs included holding medical camps, distribution of ready to eat food items, water treatment tabs, buckets for water treatment, mosquito nets and sanitation facilities.
Desegregation of the displaced persons at the evacuation centers is also key in meeting the different needs of people such as the lactating mothers, children under five, the old and persons with disabilities who are considered vulnerable.
Dredging of the river Nyando and Miriu is critical in reducing the overflow when rivers break their banks and construction of dykes is also key in flood prone areas to mitigate the occurrences of such emergencies.
The Ministry of Devolution was asked to dredge the rivers and construct the dykes during the official visit by the CS Eugine Wamalwa earlier this week.
The office of the County Commissioner has been tasked to beef up security in the night especially for the vulnerable young girls, mothers the and elderly women
The national government through Ministry of Devolution dispatched food items for distribution to affected areas.
Flood disaster has been common to Nyando and Muhoroni but this time round most parts of the county are affected including Nyakach, Kisumu East, Kisumu West, Kisumu Central and Seme.
Madam Ruth Odinga the in charge of County special programs thanked the development partners and the well –wishers from the business community for taking the initiative to support the noble cause. She called on them to put together a concerted effort towards meeting the needs of the affected persons.