Community health workers decry challenges

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Community health workers in West Nyakach ward, Nyakach Sub County have decried challenges as they work with the community on combating COVID-19 pandemic.

The health workers chairlady in the ward Pamela Adhiambo Otieno says they have taken the initiative to ensure the public adheres to the directives issued by the ministry of health.

Adhiambo says with her members they have combed the villages to sensitize the public and on many occasions they have improvised hand washing machines.

“We have faced a number of challenges since the start of this pandemic, we have reached out to our people with messages on how best to deal with this virus,” she said.

Speaking at Sango Rota, where Director of Ring Road Orphans School in Kisumu, Pastor Jared Oriadha gave out food and non food stuff, Adhiambo says they are now incapacitated and could not reach out to many families.

She says they were also instrumental in building latrines in homes as a way of keeping diseases away.

Adhiambo says the county government has not been consistent with paying the monthly stipend that was to be given to them.

“We have been working voluntarily and Governor Anyang Nyong’o had promised us a stipend but since it was paid it is now eight months,” she said.

Oriadha who spoke to the community health workers lauded their effort to keep the society safe.

He promised to give them 300 masks which they will distribute to the community where they work in.

“I am giving you 100 face masks here but next week you will get an additional 300 face masks which you will ensure is well distributed to the people,” he said.

Oriadha says there is need to offer more support to the health workers during this Corona virus.

The area MCA George Ogutu who was present promised the community health workers that the county government will address their grievances.

Ogutu says Governor Anyang Nyong’o recently met the heath workers and promised to speed up their payments.

He says they will be paid Sh. 8,000 quarterly to boost their morale at a time the country at large is facing the pandemic.

“The county was giving Sh. 3,000 per month but found it fit to give the amount quarterly,” he said.