Devolving health services was a bad idea, two lawmakers say
SEE ALSO :Sonko reinstates sacked executivesThe nurses are demanding an increase of Sh10,000 in their nursing service allowance and Sh15,000 in uniform allowance, which is to be effected in financial years 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21. This will cumulatively bring their allowances to Sh135,000 annually by June 2021, which according to SRC, will cost the Government an extra Sh3.4 billion. Separately, SRC has told governors not to pay striking nurses their allowances outside the specified salaries system used to remunerate public servants. The Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) said any governor who paid up would be in breach of the Public Finance Management Act and would be held culpable once an audit was done. “Consequently, any payment without or against SRC’s advice is illegal,” SRC Chairperson Lynn Mengich warned in a letter addressed to CoG Chairman Wycliffe Oparanya. Nairobi, Kwale, Machakos and Migori are the only counties that have paid their nurses. While some have opted to directly deposit the cash in the nurses’ bank accounts, others are using payment vouchers.
SEE ALSO :'No one has died due to hunger'“Before treatment we agree on the charges with the patient. For instance, while treating epilepsy the patient makes a down payment of Sh5,000 then after they get healed, they pay Sh20,000. For malaria treatment, I charge Sh1,500. Many believe in my medicine because they get healed,” she said. Down payment Esther Lokitale, another herbalist at Makutano town market, said many patients visited private hospitals, where they were examined, but still ended up at her doorstep to buy cheaper medicinal herbs. [Allan Mungai, Ignatius Odanga, Irissheel Shanzu and Graham Kajilwa]
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