Joseph Kilel elected the new chair of The Public Health Officers Kenya!

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-More than 5,000 delegates drawn from 47 counties took part in the election-

Joseph Kilel -The National Aphok Chair

Joseph Kilel has been elected the new chairman of Association of
Public Health Officers of Kenya in a hotly contested election held in
Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County.

The election that was conducted at Sirkwa Hotel saw Kilel trounce the
incumbent Mathew Kore who was seeking a second term in office with 758
votes against 585.

The Association’s long serving Secretary General Mohammed Duba and
National Treasurer Daniel Okwara retained their respective elective
seats.

More than 5,000 delegates drawn from 47 counties took part in the
election that saw Charles Gitonga bag the post of National deputy
organizing secretary.

In his acceptance speech Kilel thanked the delegates for giving him
the mandate to lead them saying that he will endeavor to advocate for
the welfare of public health workers across the country.

He urged the government to expedite the process of recruiting more
public health officers and technicians to replace those who have
exited the service to save critical areas from grinding to a halt.

Kilel implored upon the government to take seriously the issue
concerning shortage of health workers in public health facilities to
save patients from more sufferings in the country.

“We are witnessing a high number of public health workers and
technicians exiting the service on the grounds of age, and other
factors but there is no replacement in the affected public hospitals,”
said Kilel.

The chairman also expressed concerns over the challenge faced by public
health officers working in far flung areas noting that there was an
urgent need to provide them motor bikes to enable them deliver on
their task.

“We are asking the leadership of the devolved units to set aside some
funds towards the purchase of motor bikes for the field officers to
enable them overcome the challenges they are facing in reaching to the
people they serve in hardship areas,” added Kilel

The sentiments were echoed by the Secretary General who said that
public health officers were being overworked due the shortage of manpower
in the health sector.

He regretted that despite the important role they play in combating
the spread of communicable diseases, the concerned authority has found
it not fit to hire additional workforce.

“I call upon the government to move with speed and replace those who
have left the service  through natural attrition or retirement if we
expect to have a healthy nation,” said Duba.

ENDS

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