Health Ministry in Kenya Denies sacking of 140 National Blood Transfusion workers

In a statement from Mulei Muia, Head of Public Communication, the Ministry denied a report published in the People Daily today alleging that the workers’ contracts had been unprocedurally terminated and that this may lead to the eventual shutdown of the agency.

“The true position is that 139 members of staff were hired under Presidential Emergency Fund for Aids Relief Project (PEPFAR II) , some since the year 2006 with the latest contracts renewed for a period of eight months from September, 25 2014. Those contracts lapsed on the 31 st March 2015,” Muia said.

Muia further said that the terms of engagement for the staff were that their contracts would be renewed depending on the availability of stuff. He said KNBTS) has so far not received any funds to support staff employment and therefore the contracts cannot be renewed.

“We , therefore , would like to correct the erroneous impression created by the story that the employees contracts were terminated. All the staff members accepted the terms of employment in writing and appended their signatures,” he added.

Muia further said that all the 24 KNBTS centres across the country are in full operation saying that over 150 government staff are still on board.

“The project staff were hired to supplement the efforts of the government staff. As at today our blood stock nationally stand at 2,605 and blood donation drives in all our sites will continue uninterrupted.”

Muia assured that KNBTS will not shut down and will continue to offer its services.

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