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Dr Amoth’s post advertised after serving in acting position for three years

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By Judith Gicobi

Dr. Patrick Amoth’s position has recently been advertised despite the fact that he held the office of Director-General for Health for three years in an acting capacity.

The Director-General for Health is one of the eight positions that the Public Service Commission announced and advertised for on Tuesday.

Dr. Amoth’s chances of getting the job are practically eliminated by the announcement. While the Ministry of Devolution only has one position for a Secretary, Devolution Affairs, the Ministry of Health has posted seven job openings.

Directors of Health Management for the positions of family health and sanitation, clinical system, health systems, health products and technology, digital health, and sector performance, coordination and relations were among the additional positions announced by the CS Mutahi Kagwe-led ministry.

“Interested and qualified persons are required to make their application online through the Commission’s website before July 4, 2022,” the ad reads.

Dr. Amoth is a technical advisor to the CS. He also serves as the President of the World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Board.

His diligent career started in 2001 at the Kiambu District Hospital. He later joined the government and has held a number of jobs there.

The trained obstetrician and gynecologist formerly worked in the Health ministry’s Directorate of Public Health before being named the Acting Director-General. He took over for Dr. John Masasabi, who was appointed to the position in April 2019.

Members of Parliament questioned CS Kagwe earlier this year about the delay in Dr. Amoth’s confirmation for the position. Aden Duale, a Garissa Township MP, questioned why the highly trained doctor hadn’t yet been confirmed despite making progress on the global stage.

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“It is interesting that Dr Amoth gets recognized by WHO yet our own government does not see the critical position that he holds at the international arena,” said the former Majority Leader in the National Assembly.

CS Kagwe replied, “The Human Resource appointment guidelines were changed to ensure the position is filled competitively. What this means is that the Cabinet Secretary has to place an advertisement inviting applications for the position.”

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