On 21st June 2023, Defence Principal Secretary Mr Patrick Mariru presided over the opening ceremony of a workshop for civilian medical consultants and medical officers working at various hospitals in the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD).
The workshop that was held at the International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC) in Karen, focused on strengthening their knowledge of the Ministry and that of the Defence Forces, putting critical aspects of the Ministry’s work culture into perspective.
The doctors are part of the first cohort of civilian personnel employed by the Ministry of Defence in 2021, to expand and complement the Ministry’s medical staff, whose majority have been military personnel.
In his remarks, the PS acknowledged the synergy that the doctors had provided to help the Ministry present a professional and highly skilled workforce. He further assured the doctors that the Ministry is diligently working on ironing out some of the challenges the medics were facing and that plans were underway to address them.
“Our main focus is the soldier (the North Star) who is committed to
defending and protecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of
the Republic. As we serve we must embrace and underscore the “Workshop
Philosophy” where every tool including that of the tin bolt is
as important as any other tool in the workshop and each plays
a significant role,” said the PS.
Speaking during the occasion, the Director of Human Resource Management and Development, Dr Lilian Nzavi urged the medics to serve with dedication and passion in their areas of deployment.
In his address to the medics, KDF Director of Medical Services, Maj General (Dr) George Ng’ang’a encouraged them to give their best in the provision of medical services to KDF personnel and their families. He thanked the MoD for coordinating with the Public Service Commission to deploy civilian medics to augment KDF medical personnel.
The senior medical consultants and medical officers were also given a talk on the Civil Servant Housing Scheme by the State Department of Housing and on Financial Management by the Equity Group Foundation.
On the sidelines of the workshop, the PS inaugurated a Mentorship programme for young officers deployed in MoD including interns who were recently deployed in the Ministry under the Public Service Internship Programme (PSIP) coordinated by the Public Service Commission.
Present at the ceremony along with the PS were the, KDF Chief of Medical Services Brigadier Dr Odhiambo, and the Commandant Peace and Conflict Studies School, Colonel Mwasigwa among other officials.