Elgeyo-Marakwet County government has been paying Sh5.8 million monthly to ghost workers.
This was unearthed by a recent staff audit by the County Public Service Board, said Governor Alex Tolgos Tuesday.
The Health ministry accounted for the largest number of fake workers at 41, said Mr Tolgos.
“We have stopped payments to the individuals and recovered the money,’’ he said. Most of the ghost workers were transferred staff who did not report to new stations while others did not exist, said Mr Gideon Kipyakwai, the County Public Service Board chairman.
“We suggested to the authorities to come up with a county plan for performance contracting to ascertain the suitability of staff inherited from the national government,’’ he said.
The county plans to hire at least 100 health workers to boost service delivery. Clinical officers, nurses, laboratory technologists, radiographers and records officers will be hired in the next two weeks to address the biting shortage of staff, said Mr Kipyakwai.
The board will also carry out rationalisation of all staff before the end of June, he said.
Some health workers, especially doctors, who avoided taking part in the staff head count had their salaries stopped, said Mr Kipyakwai.
Mr Tolgos said Health was a top priority in his government.
He claimed achievements in the sector pointing out that his administration had equipped several health facilities with medicine valued at Sh22 million. Mr Tolgos was speaking during an occasion to mark his first year in office.
He said the county would upgrade six sub-county hospitals into modern facilities.