Coronavirus: All Machakos health workers to receive Ksh.5K to Ksh.20K extra allowance


Coronavirus: All Machakos health workers to receive Ksh.5K to Ksh.20K extra allowance
Machakos Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua. PHOTO| COURTESY

All health workers in Machakos County will receive a monthly allowance as a token of appreciation from the County Government for their sacrifice on the frontline in managing the COVID-19 pandemic in the county.

Machakos Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua says the allowance ranging from Ksh.5,000 to Ksh.20,000 takes effect from April 1, 2020 for an initial period of three months.

According to Dr. Mutua, those who will receive an allowance of Ksh.20,000 are the health professionals in the Machakos Covid-19 Surveillance team doing door-to-door monitoring of quarantined patients.

Non-professional surveillance team members will pocket Ksh.10,000 per month.

“Other professional health workers — doctors, nurses, clinical officers etc — will receive Ksh.10,000 because they are the ones examining patients some of whom might be Covid-19 positive,” said Mutua, in a press statement on Wednesday.

The supportive health worker cadres will receive Ksh.5,000 per month.

“The allowances we are giving our health workers are just a token of appreciation based on what we can afford so as to show them that we care and we will continue supporting them and ensuring we have the right equipment, commodities and environment to keep them safe.

“We have made this decision based on the doctrine of necessity, public interest and the fact that extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures,” stated the Governor.

He pointed out that Machakos County has already set aside 122 isolation beds spread over the 9 sub-counties, adding that the health workers who will be working in isolation wards will also receive additional allowances equivalent to that of the surveillance teams.

“In addition to the allowances, we are ensuring that we are providing adequate masks to all health workers. This is in addition to sanitizers and temperature guns that have been availed in health facilities. Protective gear is available to frontline health workers handling Covid-19 patients,” said Mutua.

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