The West Pokot county government will this year spend over shs. 400 million in improving health provision and access and employ an additional 150 health personnel to improve service delivery in the health sector.
Speaking in Kapenguria on Thursday, during the launch of twenty containers that will be used to store medical supplies in the four sub counties, the area Governor Simon Kachapin said his government has prioritized health, adding that each of the four sub counties will get five, adding that more 100 will be recruited in the course of the year.
He pointed out that before devolution the county relied on only three health facilities, saying his government has increased the number arguing there was need to increase the health personnel to cover the new ones.
“West Pokot County was among the counties that had few health facilities with the main hospital at Kapenguria being ill equipped. After devolution my government prioritized the health sector and constructed more health facilities in all four sub counties”, said Kachapin
He further thanked development partners that had ensured improvement in service delivery to the locals through the provision of aid observing that there was a need for all stakeholders to chip in and fund health projects in the area.
The Governor further pointed out that the county has made significant improvement on maternal health, including safe delivery by mothers improving from 4 percent to 30 percent.
“There is a good indicator that the new health facilities were starting to bear fruits. With the new recruitment of staff there will be total change in the health. More mothers in the rural remote areas of the county will get access to health services,” he pointed
The county is affected by retrogressive cultural practices that contribute to poor health especially on feeding patterns leading to massive numbers of malnutrition especially in the remote areas, an issue; the governor tasked the new employees to tackle.
“It requires concerted efforts to reduce the number of malnutrition cases in this region and hence I appeal to all stakeholders, including nongovernmental organizations to support in the drive”, he said.
By John Saina