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Kakamega residents fault the county for ailing health sector

Kakamega residents fault the county for ailing health sector

Kakamega,

Saturday, March 23, 2024

KNA by Stanley Odhiambo

Members of the Kakamega County Assembly have raised concern over failure by the Department of Health to absorb funds allocated to it for development projects.

Led by the Chairman of the Budget and Appropriation Committee Gildon Shisio, the MCAs have raised concern that with only three months to the end of the 2023/24 financial year, most projects that had been appropriated for by the county have not even commenced.

The MCAs’ complained that supply of medical equipment in rural health facilities was also wanting and directed that before any new project is approved, the stalled ones must be completed first.

“To revive the health sector we need to start from the dispensaries to the upper level hospitals,” said Shisio.

“There is a lack of drugs in the hospitals and dispensaries and we want the county government to streamline buying of drugs,” he added.

Speaking during a public participation on draft county fiscal strategy paper (CFSP), the chairman said the strategy paper would specify the broad strategic priorities and policy goals that would guide the county government in preparing its budget.

Chekalin ward MCA Titus Kwoma asked Governor Fernandez Barasa to come out clean of the fake fertilizer that was impounded by the Directorate of Criminal Investigation Department following complaints from farmers that the commodity was composed of stone.

Members of the public also faulted the county for failing to complete or initiate any meaningful projects.

Mike Odhiambo, a resident, questioned the rationale of prioritizing allocation to the health sector yet it is an ailing sector.

Courtesy; KNA

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