Left High And Dry, Like A Boat Out Of Water

Siaya 7th April On this day, they arrived for routine check-up and medication, but what did they find, a crisis, the management of the hospital has sacked 18 support staff trained and engaged by the International Centre for Aids Care and Treatment Programme (ICAP).

The hospital receives an average of 150 HIV patients daily, they rely on the peer educators to take blood samples, measure their weight and temperatures before they see a doctor to provide the right prescription.

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Left High And Dry, Like A Boat Out Of Water

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Scores of HIV/AIDS patients seeking routine check-up and medication were yesterday stranded at the Siaya district hospital after the management sacked 18 support staff.

Operations at the hospital’s patient support centre came to a standstill after the hospital superintendent; Dr. Jackton Omoto ordered the sacking of the peer educators and blood shippers for allegedly protesting over delayed salaries.

The sacked employees were engaged last year are charged with the responsibility of taking the patient’s blood samples to the CDC laboratories in Kisumu among other tasks.

The hospital has been receiving an average of 150 HIV patients daily who rely on the peer educators to take blood samples, measure their weight and temperatures before they see a doctor to provide the right prescription.

Led by Mr. Daniel Kabonyi, the sacked workers accused the hospital management of hatching a plot to replace them by relatives and friends.

The workers lamented that the hospital management victimized them for demanding for their payment which had delayed.

“We were engaged by the International Centre for Aids Care and Treatment Programme (ICAP) which trained us and has been catering for our salaries through the hospital” he said adding that the hospital management was irked when they sought audience with Siaya district commissioner Mr. Boaz Cherutich but ended up meeting the district officer (one) Mr. Gerald Mutuku.

Dr. Omoto could not be reached for comment as his phone went unanswered.

A senior ICAP official based in Kisumu, Dr. Beryl Odeny said she was not allowed to talk to the media when reached over the phone.

By KNA/ Philip Onyango

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