Mandago: Government Holding On Ksh150 Billion Devolution Money

Mandago: Government Holding On Ksh150 Billion Devolution Money

Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago has called on the national government to release the more than Ksh150billion meant to improve health services in the devolved units.

The billions, the governor says, are still retained at the Ministry of Health despite health being a devolved function.

According to Mandago, the money retained at the Ministry of Health should be released to improve health services at the counties

He also criticized the national government for assuming some of the roles that are supposed to be undertaken by the counties.

Mandago during a visit to the Uasin Gishu District Hospital.

Speaking during a function at the Uasin Gishu District Hospital, Mandago said most hospitals in Uasin Gishu are more operational with drugs and health personnel able to offer services that were not there before devolution.

Health Services County Executive Committee Member (CECM) Dr. Evelyne Rotich said the county is keen to support the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by providing the necessary health infrastructure in both the sub-county and the referral Hospitals.

The CECM noted that the county has already registered more than 14,000 indigents under the ongoing registration of the UHC program.

Mandago with Health CECM and other officials.

Dr. Rotich also noted a great improvement from the drug distributor Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (KEMSA) of at least over 70 percent delivery of drugs to the county compared to previous years when less percentage could be delivered.

This, the health county executive said, has enabled the county to provide drugs to the health facilities including those for treatment of hypertension, diabetes mellitus among others.

Dr. Rotich added that the county now has over 16 ambulances, 127 health facilities that have made it easier for residents to access health services within their reach.

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