KEMSA assures of human treatment of its ‘working from home’ staff

KEMSA board Chairperson Mary Mwadime now says the planned restructuring at the agency will be humane and in line with the constitution.

Mwadime who met with the  National assembly health committee said all the workers who have been asked to work from home are not sacked but will have their roles reviewed to enhance service delivery .

The board also refuted claims that KDF and NYS official have taken over the role of the staff who are working from home.

Mwadime added that KEMSA, is underperforming and is largely unable to meet clients’ urgent needs, particularly the delivery of essential Medicines and Products to the Counties, Referral Hospitals and Programs.

The agency says it is operating at170% above its approved staff establishment of three hundred and forty-one (341) with an estimated staff complement of 922.

The Board, she said, is committed to facilitating the necessary reforms to ensure that KEMSA challenges are sufficiently addressed.

Last Thursday KEMSA  ordered all its non-core staff to work from home over the next 30 days pending a review of their positions.

The court also stopped KEMSA from sacking employees pending determination of the matter raised by KMPDU .

The KEMSA board will also appear before the Senate health committee to explain the move asking its 900 workers to work from home and the involvement of NYS officials.

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