County Seeks National Government, Partners Support To Equip Wamalwa Kijana Hospital

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Trans Nzoia Governor George Natembeya has disclosed that his administration is currently engaged in discussions with the national government and private partners to forge a collaborative effort in equipping the Wamalwa Kijana Teaching and Referral Hospital.

Natembeya also emphasized the pivotal role the facility is poised to play in enhancing the healthcare standards within the county.

The governor made the remarks following a meeting with the Senate Health Committee.

Uasin Gishu Senator Jackson Mandago who chairs the Committee led a delegation of other members for a visit to Trans Nzoia on Friday.

Senate Health Committee members during a visit to Grahs Nzoia on September 22, 2023.
Senate Health Committee members during a visit to Grahs Nzoia on September 22, 2023.

Governor Natembeya expressed his unwavering commitment to implementing initiatives aimed at bringing healthcare services closer to the citizens.

These initiatives include increasing the budget allocation for healthcare, ensuring adequate drug supplies in healthcare facilities, procuring additional ambulances, establishing an ambulance command center, expanding the healthcare workforce, upgrading existing healthcare facilities, and constructing new hospitals, such as the TOM Mboya Mother and Child Hospital.

Recruitment of critical healthcare personnel

Governor Natembeya also addressed concerns regarding the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) failing to promptly distribute drugs procured by the county.

He called upon the Senate Health Committee to assist the county in resolving the issue of the wage bill, noting that the cap on wage expenditure has hindered the recruitment of critical healthcare personnel, which is crucial for delivering healthcare services to the citizens.

Governor Natembeya speaks during the event.
Governor Natembeya speaks at a past event.

Senator Mandago, in his response, urged counties to ensure that healthcare facilities are accredited by the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF).

In addition, he stressed the importance of NHIF promptly remitting funds to healthcare facilities in counties, emphasizing that irregular disbursements have been adversely affecting services in public healthcare facilities.

Mandago further challenged counties to prioritize the security of healthcare facilities and safeguard the costly equipment installed within them.

Trans Nzoia Senator Allan Chesang emphasized the need for heightened security measures in health facilities and recommended the use of technology to reduce security costs.

He suggested the installation of CCTV systems and drug management systems as practical solutions to enhance the security of drugs and other medical supplies.

Senator Mandago interacts with some health workers at the Kitale County Hospital.
Senator Mandago and Chesang interact with some health workers at the Kitale County Hospital.

The Senate Health Committee, was in Trans Nzoia to assess the performance of the healthcare sector, with a particular focus on the status of the county referral hospital.

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