Acting Health Director-General Patrick Amoth still holds the job in a temporary capacity over two years since he was appointed.
However, Dr Amoth, who is among the key figures in the country’s campaign against the deadly Covid-19 pandemic, alongside his boss, Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, goes about his duties apparently unperturbed.
The accomplished DG has worked in the Ministry of Health for over 10 years. In February 2018, he took over the Directorate of Public Health and within the year he rose to the position of acting Director-General for Health.
While his bosses at Afya House, Nairobi, appear not keen to make him the substantive holder of the key position, he is the vice-chairperson of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) executive board. He was elected to serve in the position in May last year.
Dr Amoth, who was little known to many Kenyans, came into the limelight when Covid-19 broke out. He has led the creation of awareness to stop the spread of the virus by preaching the health protocols at the regular Covid-19 press briefings at Afya House, and other forums.
Last year, Dr Amoth was among the 68 people who got national honours during the 57th Madaraka Day celebrations for their contributions to the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
He has held a series of supervisory roles under the Ministry of Health since 2003.
For eight years, he served as the District Medical Services Officer in Kiambu East and Kiambu West districts and was later moved to Machakos Level V Hospital. In December 2011, he became a senior medical specialist in Obstetrics/Gynaecology at Kiambu District Hospital until March 2012.
Dr Amoth holds a Master of Medicine (MMed) degree in Obstetrics/Gynaecology from the University of Nairobi.