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Health CS Susan Nakhumicha orders Kemsa ‘homeworkers’ to report to work

Health Cabinet Secretary Susan Nakhumicha Wafula has ordered over 200 Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) employees who are still working from home because of the Covid-19 pandemic to report to work on May 19, 2023 without fail.

Speaking on May, 18, 2023 in Nairobi, the CS wondered why the workers were not reporting to work when the government had lifted most of the Covid-19 restrictions.

The CS who has committed to cracking the whip at the Kemsa said no staff will be allowed to work from home anymore.

“I hereby direct, effective tomorrow morning, all staff working for Kemsa, over 200 working from home, report to work,” the CS said.

“I direct the chair, to ensure that your staff understand what is expected of them. Ensure that you have a very active Human Resource department as well,” the CS added.

The directive comes at a time when the CS is working towards strengthening the workforce to meet healthcare demands, streamline operations, and restore public trust.

Kemsa has been in the spotlight following the Sh3.7 billion tender for the supply of treated bed nets to prevent malaria in millions of low-income households.

Reports indicated that the former Health PS wrote a letter to Kemsa asking the agency to rectify the specifications of nets that were to be procured in a Sh3.7 billion tender in line with a list of specifications set out by the ministry.

President William Ruto sacked the Principal Secretary for Public Health, Josephine Mburu, and the entire board of the government agency.

He has also suspended its chief executive, Terry Ramadhani.

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