While speaking during a coronavirus briefing on Saturday, the President Uhuru Kenyatta said it will hire 5, 000 healthcare workers for a period of one year. The healthcare workers need to have an academic qualification of a diploma or certificate. According to President Uhuru Kenyatta, the move will enhance Kenya’s covid-19 response capability and encourage new innovations in the health sector. This is one of the targeted sectors in the 8-point economic stimulus rolled out by the government today. The health sector will get a share out of the Ksh53.7 Billion allocated for the whole 8 sectors.
“My administration intends to hire an additional 5, 000 healthcare workers with diploma/certificate-level qualification for a period of one year. This will not only enhance our Covid-19 response capability but also enhance the implementation of the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) programme,” the head of state said.
Moreover, Ksh1.7 billion will be set aside for the expansion of bed capacity in public hospitals. The government will also fund Kenya’s medical facilities. This move is aimed at enhancing their research capacity. The fund will also encourage the medical personnel to come up with new innovations in the medical field.
“With the extra resources, these facilities will also undergo some level of reforms to optimize their performances. We will in due course announce a raft of reforms in our research institutions. I am persuaded that these reforms will upscale our medical research facilities to a standard that can rival the best in the world,” Uhuru said.
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The other sectors in the 8-point economic stimulus are Education, Agriculture, Manufacturing, Environment, Health, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Infrastructure. The funds have been set aside in an effort to revive the economy. The economy has been adversely affected since the start of coronavirus pandemic in Kenya.
The government rolled out the funds in an effort to revitalize the economy of Kenya. The economy has immensely suffered since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.