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Ouma Oluga shortlisted for Nairobi county job

By Mercy Simiyu November 13th, 2022 2 min read

Dr. Ouma Oluga has been shortlisted for the position of County Chief Officer for the department of health in the Nairobi City County government.

Dr Oluga previously served as Director of Health Services in the Nairobi Metropolitan Services. He was also the secretary general of the Kenya medical practitioners and dentists board, and is being touted as the best suited for the position and enjoys the support of Health workers and community leaders.

His reign at NMS was occasioned by the deed of transfer of functions from the Nairobi county government in 2018 and prides himself for improving service delivery.

His achievements at NMS include the employment of more than 2000 workers including 200 doctors, 44 specialists, 800 nurses, 100 lab techs, 100 nutritionists, and 34 drivers in Nairobi county to boost health service delivery within the county.

He also established an Emergency Operation Centre with a toll-free line and more than 13 new advanced life support ambulances which are currently used to attend to all emergencies in Nairobi.

Dr. Oluga also was central in the verification and enrollment of 7460 community health workers who have, for the first time in history, been put on a stipend of Kshs 3500 per month and an additional cumulative figure of Kshs 25 million for all of them every time they participate in an activity.

The NMS health department also provided more than 72000 families with cash transfers of Kshs 4500 per month for four months during the COVID-19 lockdown and curfews when factories and businesses were closed due to the ministry of health restrictions that were aimed at curbing the spread of the Coronavirus.

Records at City Hall also show Dr. Oluga spearheaded projects that saw NMS build, equip, staff, and operate 32 hospitals in all of Nairobi’s informal settlements to serve 3.1 million people living in the slums and who were previously crowding at Kenyatta National Hospital.

The NMS in Nairobi also made all 118 hospitals sign NHIF contracts so that they can begin to claim money and buy drugs that have been a big challenge in many facilities.

Others shortlisted persons for the position are Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi ally Lynette Nyangweso, and Nairobi’s Planning boss Patrick Analo Akivagi.

Also shortlisted is former AFC Leopards secretary general Oscar Igaida, Sande Oyolo former Embakasi ward Member of County Assembly (MCA) Michael Ogada, and 2022 UDA Dagoretti North parliamentary aspirant Gabriel Bukachi Chapia.

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