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Governor: Jubilee govt has failed public health sector

22 November 2013, 15:23 Kelvin Wanjohi

Nairobi - Kakamega Governor, Wycliffe Oparanya, has faulted the Jubilee government for failing to take public health as both the County and national government's function and urged local and foreign investors to invest in the health, education and Agriculture sectors in his County, which has over 57 percent of the 1.7 million people living below the poverty line.

Oparanya was speaking on Thursday in during a donor briefing meeting together with his county executive meetings where health, one of the key pillars in his manifesto was exclusively discussed.

The governor blamed the jubilee government for failing to actively participate in kicking off some of the projects which were left in a state of collapsing following the adoption of the devolution government.

“I found some government departments in a sorry state, one of them being the health sector. Hospitals have less staff and grounded equipment which the government ought to have rectified before,” said Oparanya.

The governor however revealed that the County government has taken full control of the health sector and is currently paying the salaries of over 2 400 staff and has set aside KES 3.3 billion to the sector whose main challenge is hiring new staff and equipping the centers with modern technology.

He said that the County government will hire another 1 000 nurses, and 300 supporting staff to be posted in the less staffed hospitals.

The meeting involved various stakeholders in the health sector among them the UNICEF, where facts on the situation of mothers and young children in the County were discussed and solutions to the high mortality rate in the two groups sought.

UNICEF-Kenya pledged to provide technical support to improve key areas of maternal and child survival in Kakamega.

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