The County Government of Kakamega has stepped up the process of reviewing the terms of employment of its officers.

Senior Government officers from the County Public Service Board (CPSB) and Ministries of Health Services and Public Service & County Administration Wednesday concluded a three day rigorous exercise organized to review the terms of employment of County staff with the first in queue being over 1000 Health staff as the Department seeks to enhance delivery of services to residents.

The Chairperson CPSB CS Catherine Omweno explained that the exercise is aimed at absorbing officers who are currently serving on contractual and casual terms to fill the gap left by employees who exited the service through resignation, retirement or death.

“As we prioritize this exercise on a need basis, we are also considering rewarding skills and competence to ensure quality service delivery in all the sectors. This will reflect the aspirations of the Governor H.E. Hon. Dr. FCPA Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya for the people of Kakamega County,” she advised adding that the process will not raise the County’s wage bill.

PSA County Executive Member Madam Rodah Masaviru noted that the positions will be filled gradually in accordance with priority and availability of funds. She commended the technical team tasked with preparing the report of staff required by the Health Department for coming up with a detailed document.

Dr. Collins Matemba, Health Services’ CECM on his part lauded the development saying that the Health Department has greatly improved infrastructure besides equipping health facilities across the County, expressing optimism that once the personnel challenge is addressed, the sector will witness advanced efficiency in provision of services, sentiments that were echoed by his Chief Officer Mr. Phanuel Wemali.

Currently the Health Department has an establishment of over 8000 staff, a majority of them being the Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) with over 2000 officers under permanent and pensionable terms while another 271 officers are serving under the Universal Health Coverage programme, among others.

The meeting was also attended by the Ag. Chief Officer for Public Service and County Administration Dr. Boniface Mudi as well as the Technical Committee Members: Mr. Titus Omumia, the County General Hospital Administrator, Madam Doreen Erima and Madam Jane Wangui the Health Services Human Resource Officers.