Kenyan doctors during the 100 days 2017 nationwide strike [Photo|Courtesy]

Health workers will now receive medical emergency allowance and benefits after Salaries and Remuneration Commission approved distribution of funds.

In a letter written to the commission by the Council of Governors and Ministry of Public Service and Gender, both institutions had requested payment of allowances to health workers in National and county governments during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The Salaries and Remuneration Commission deliberated on the matter during its special meeting in cognizant of the challenges faced by the healthcare workers and approved Covid-19 medical emergency allowance and benefits for the frontline healthcare workers as estimated to cost Sh 3.3billion for a period of three months with effect from 1st April, 2020, subject to availability of funds,” says the commission.

The ball now lies at the Ministry of Finance where Ambassador Ukur Yattani is expected to direct the release of funds.

The letter reads
“The purpose of this letter therefore, is to present to your office the resultant cost implication of implementing the Covid-19 medical emergency allowa