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September 19, 2018

Bomet health bosses differ over Longisa medics’ transfers

Bomet governor Joyce Laboso (in red, holding flag the county flag) and KEMSA Acting Chief Executive Officer Philiph Omondi (holding Kenyan flag) flags off the medical supplies from the agency worth Sh20 million in Bomet on Thursday./FILE
Bomet governor Joyce Laboso (in red, holding flag the county flag) and KEMSA Acting Chief Executive Officer Philiph Omondi (holding Kenyan flag) flags off the medical supplies from the agency worth Sh20 million in Bomet on Thursday./FILE
Top health officials in Bomet have differed over transfer of hospital staff in a move that threatens to derail services.
Health executive Joseph Sitonik has revoked chief officer Zaddy Chepkorir’s circular in which he transferred Longisa Referral Hospital medical superintendent  Ronny Kibet, administrators and nurses.
Chepkorir had made the changes following public complaints of poor services. There are also claims that drugs are being stolen.
Most of those transferred have stayed at the hospital for more than 10 years. Chepkorir copied his letter to his boss Sitonik and Governor Joyce Laboso.
At a press conference on Thursday, Sitonik revoked the transfers, saying there was no proper consultation.
“We had to revoke the transfers to allow for more consultations. We realised the changes had been made hurriedly,”  Sitonik said.
“We cannot reshuffle staff before we identify those going to handle the affected departments because we do not want to have services interrupted.”
Attempts to reach Chepkorir for comment were futile.
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