County Assembly opposes Public Private Partnership on healthcare

Isiolo County Assembly is opposed to the county government’s planned public private partnership (PPP) in the provision of healthcare dismissing it as a one man show.

During the Assembly’s sitting Friday afternoon members described the idea as foreign to them.

They termed it a proposal by the governor of which they were yet to summon the County Executive Committee member for Health to shed light on.

On Wednesday, this week Isiolo Senator Fatuma Dhulo cautioned Isiolo people and the County Assembly over the proposed partnership between the county government and private entities.

This would be tantamount to placing the health of Isiolo people in the hands of private investors which will make it difficult for the people who have meager earnings to meet medical costs under public investors, said the Senator.

Dhulo who spoke to KNA by telephone called on the County Assembly not to pass a memorandum that is expected to be tabled into the house over the PPP on healthcare because it has serious shortcomings.

She said if the memorandum goes through the County Assembly it will create a challenge between the people of Isiolo and the private investors involved.

The senator claimed that the private medics would be controlling the hospitals and dispensaries was tantamount to committing the County Government’s role to the private medical practitioners.

She called on the media to implore on the County Assembly to desist from passing the said memorandum before it is subjected to proper public participation as required by the constitution.

The county government should not just gather a few people in a hotel to rubber stamp what has already been decided in the name of PPP, the senator said.

She said that although it was said that PPP is happening in other counties, Isiolo has its unique characteristics and besides no county is partnering with private investors in the health sector which is contrary to law.

Dhulo was reacting to the previous day signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the County governments with a private company that allows the county government to partner with the private sector in service delivery.

Isiolo Governor, Dr. Mohammed Kuti had explained that their partnership would boost the health sector in the county if it goes through public participation and is approved by the county assembly.

Dr. Kuti made the remarks shortly after the first day of a two day meeting to foster familiarization between the county government and three private organisations in an Isiolo resort last Monday.

Health indices show that Isiolo County’s maternal mortalities were quite high compared to the national levels and service delivery may it be in dispensaries, health centres or even our county referral hospital was still wanting, the governor had said.

Source: Kenya News Agency