BY PETER AOWA
Alego Usonga constituency MP aspirant George Washington Muluan Omondi has promised to introduce a bill in parliament that will ensure community health workers are recognised as medical staff should he be elected.
In an exclusive interview with The Star, Muluan said that the community health workers, through his bill, will be enumerated by the government.
Despite playing a very critical role in the community, he said they have been neglected and offered stipend adding that it was a sad state.
“CHWs play a critical role in the community but are largely ignored and given stipends which should not be the case,” he noted.
During his tenure as the Alego Usonga MP between 2013 and 2017, Mr. Omondi put health as his priority despite being a devolved function.
Muluan purchased three ambulances which doubled as mobile clinics within the three divisions of Alego Usonga, Karemo, Boro and Uranga.
His plans to purchase the ambulances for each ward were shut prematurely after his exit from the office.
The DAP-Kenya candidate for Alego Usonga was succeeded by ODM’s Samuel Atandi who is presently fighting to retain the seat.
A recent poll by Afropolls has placed Muluan Omondi as the most popular candidate with 57% with Atandi a distant second in popularity ranking at 38%.
Muluan will be facing the incumbent Sam Atandi, advocate Sospeter Aming’a and other two candidates.