Govt Services Disrupted as 10 PSC Officials Contract Covid-19

  • Public Service Commission (PSC) office in Nairobi.
    Public Service Commission (PSC) office in Nairobi.
  • Services at the Public Service Commission (PSC) have been disrupted after 10 officials from the ministry contracted the dreaded Covid-19 virus.

    A report by The  Standard on Tuesday, July 14, indicated that a majority of the commission's employees were asked to self isolate at their homes after interacting with the colleagues.

    A memo announcing the development only provided that those workers cleared by the secretary or the CEO of the commission would be allowed to report to work.

    "In this regard, all staff and interns will be required to proceed on self-isolation at home. During this period, access to commission offices will be restricted except where there is prior clearance for the secretary and CEO," read the memo which was dated Friday, July 10. 

    PSC_chair and other delegates in a press conference.
    PSC Chairman Steven Kirogo (Right) speaks during Professor Prajapati Trivedi‘s (second right) visit to the Public Service Commission (PSC) on June 19, 2019.
    Public Service Commission.

    All the employees stationed at Commission House, Nairobi were asked to self-isolate for a period of 14 days beginning July 13, and ending on July 24, 2020.

    With the development, access to the offices was also restricted to the general public with services offered scaled-down.

    The memo also noted that during the 14 days, a fumigation exercise would be carried out in the offices.

    The PSC is tasked, constitutionally, with establishing and abolishing offices in the public service as well as appoint persons to hold or act in those offices.

    In March, the Ministry of Lands also closed its main and branch offices including the Survey of Kenya Headquarters in Ruaraka Nairobi.

    In June, the Ministry also closed down for two weeks as Covid-19 cases continued to soar across the country.

    The Ministry of Health gave the closure directive noting that the ministry premises had high human traffic.

    There was an outcry after the closure with Kenyans arguing that they would be inconvenienced in their land transactions.

    A medical personnel holding a Covid-19 virus test kit.
    File image of a Covid-19 testing kit.