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The Nakuru County Deputy Governor Joseph Rutto has called upon the doctors in the county to embrace dialogue so as to bring to an end the ongoing strike in health sector that has entered its tenth day causing agony to the county residents.

During a press conference in his office today, the Deputy Governor said that the striking doctors keep on turning down meetings, thus delaying the resolution of this stalemate.

On Thursday last week (22nd September) the County Government of Nakuru technical team handling these negotiations held a meeting with the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentist Union from morning until mid-night, from this meeting it was agreed that the following day a return to work formula would be signed, lamentably the Doctors ceded on this arrangement.

He added that H.E Governor Kinuthia Mbugua is abreast with the issues at play in this industrial action as he is regularly briefed by the County Government technical team, which comprises of representatives from the Health Department, County Public Service Board and the Treasury.

The Nakuru County Deputy Governor said access of health services by the people of Nakuru most of whom depend of public health facilities is very critical.

He stressed that no more lives should be lost, thus it is important for the health workers to come to the negotiating with the interest of the people they serve in mind, saying the County Government will reciprocate this as the health workers are part of its employees, thus their welfare is crucial in service delivery to the people.

The Deputy Governor expressed optimism that a meeting scheduled for tomorrow to find a solution to this problem will be fruitful.

Rutto addressed the press after the striking Doctors marched in protest to the county headquarters, but failed to select representatives for a consultative meeting as requested by the county government officials as it was difficult to address all of them in a hall as they wanted.

He challenged those taking advantage to politicize this issue to portray the County Government of Nakuru in bad light to desist from peddling cheap propaganda.

Noting that the County Government’s scorecard on the health sector and other sectors almost four years after inception is healthy.
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The Nakuru County Deputy Governor Joseph Rutto has called upon the doctors in the county to embrace dialogue so as to bring to an end the ongoing strike in health sector that has entered its tenth day causing agony to the county residents. During a press conference in his office today, the Deputy Governor said that the striking doctors keep on turning down meetings, thus delaying the resolution of this stalemate. On Thursday last week (22nd September) the County Government of Nakuru technical team handling these negotiations held a meeting with the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentist Union from morning until mid-night, from this meeting it was agreed that the following day a return to work formula would be signed, lamentably the Doctors ceded on this arrangement. He added that H.E Governor Kinuthia Mbugua is abreast with the issues at play in this industrial action as he is regularly briefed by the County Government technical team, which comprises of representatives from the Health Department, County Public Service Board and the Treasury. The Nakuru County Deputy Governor said access of health services by the people of Nakuru most of whom depend of public health facilities is very critical. He stressed that no more lives should be lost, thus it is important for the health workers to come to the negotiating with the interest of the people they serve in mind, saying the County Government will reciprocate this as the health workers are part of its employees, thus their welfare is crucial in service delivery to the people. The Deputy Governor expressed optimism that a meeting scheduled for tomorrow to find a solution to this problem will be fruitful. Rutto addressed the press after the striking Doctors marched in protest to the county headquarters, but failed to select representatives for a consultative meeting as requested by the county government officials as it was difficult to address all of them in a hall as they wanted. He challenged those taking advantage to politicize this issue to portray the County Government of Nakuru in bad light to desist from peddling cheap propaganda. Noting that the County Government’s scorecard on the health sector and other sectors almost four years after inception is healthy.

Today the CeC Public Service Management Prof. Catherine Kitetu received a courtesy call from the Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa (OSIEA) in her office. The team led by Mburu Gitu was making a follow up on the development of Public Participation in Nakuru County.

Speaking during the courtesy call, Prof. Kitetu said from the onset of devolution, the County Government of Nakuru has made huge strides in improving Public Participation in Nakuru.

She said the county Government has been at the forefront to conduct Civic education concerning Public participation at the grassroot level in a bid to reach as many people as possible.

She said the County Government’s efforts have bore fruits as the number of Nakuru residents who take part in Public participation forum have increased greatly with most of the participants being youth and women. However she pointed out the need for more men to also take part in Public Participation as every individual’s view is important.

Prof. Kitetu said most of the Nakuru residents especially those at the grass root level are now aware of public participation and its importance to the society at large. They have been able to take part in Public Participation and to raise important questions concerning various projects within the county and to prioritize the projects they what done in their various Sub-counties.

“ As a government we are happy to see that Public Participation is now mwanainchi driven affair. More and more people are now able to boldly raise issues concerning the various projects being done for them, to determine which project they want done first and actually put the leaders to task to account for the various projects they have done and the development they have brought in their sub-counties and the county at large as it is the sole reason why they were elected. This is actually the kind of participation that the County Government encourages and welcomes with open arms. It will ensure that every leader becomes accountable as far as service delivery to the public is concerned “She said.

She said to ensure that every person’s need is catered for, the County Government rolled out the out reach program which saw Governor Kinuthia Mbugua take his entire workforce to the 11 sub-counties to reach out to the people at the grassroot and personally listen to their concerns and act on them something that has only happened in Nakuru County.

She commended the Civil Societies’ continued support to the County Government of Nakuru and assured them of the County Government’ willingness and readiness for a continued partnership in handling issues that concern the public.

The Chief Officer Mr Philip Sigei on his part said that although reaching out to those people in the interior is still abit of a challenge, The County government has come up with measures to ensure as many people as possible are reached and are able to participate in Public Participation and continues to easily have access to information concerning the on -going projects.

To achieve this, Mr Sigei said that the construction of a information center where Nakuru Resident can seek information concerning the various projects in their sub counties is under way in addition to the various channels the county has been using to disseminate information to the public which include newspapers, radios, Public announcement in churches and schools and social media among others.
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