Health workers call on CS Kagwe to resign, cite rampant corruption in the Health Ministry

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Nurses union Secretary General Seth Panyako (centre)
Nurses union Secretary General Seth Panyako (centre)

Health workers in the country have expressed fears concerning the high rate of corruption in the Ministry of Health even as the country tackles the Covid-19 pandemic. The Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) Secretary General Seth Panyako has said that rampant corruption in the health ministry has made medical professionals to advise President Uhuru Kenyatta not to re-open the country.

Speaking to the press, five health workers’ associations expressed concern at the prevailing graft in the Health Ministry, claiming some people in the Ministry are misusing Covid-19 funds.

Kenyans were alarmed by the first Covid-19 expenditure report from the Health Ministry where Kshs 4 million was used for tea and snacks for a period of one month.

The associations also pointed out that due to the high rate of corruption in the Health Ministry, the medical practitioners have not yet received their allowances. They have called for the resignation of Health CS Mutahi Kagwe, faulting him for protecting the corrupt in the Ministry.

However, the medical workers associations have called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to work towards opening up the economy in order to ease the economic burden on Kenyans.