Governor Nanok meets USAID representatives to discuss healthcare

Turkana County Government will continue investing in the health sector to improve primary health systems, Governor Josphat Nanok has said.

In the first four years of devolution, the County Government’s most notable progress was in the sector and the Governor has assured that health would only be second to attainment of food security and achieving water sufficiency in the prioritization of programs.

Improving primary healthcare is still one of our priorities. This entails setting up facilities, recruitment and capacity building of staff, improving the referral system, providing mobile healthcare to our nomadic pastoralists and even build houses for health workers in health centers at the sub counties, Governor Nanok said.

He was speaking during a meeting with a delegation from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and its partners over the weekend.

In the meeting, discussions centered on ways to consolidate partnership efforts between Turkana County Government and USAID especially on health where the organization has supported HIV/AIDs prevention and treatment programs.

The Governor said future agreements with development partners will be centered on priorities that have been identified in the new County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) and called for transparency in all memoranda of understanding.

All MOUs with partners should clearly state what the partner does within the CIDP as state the role of government in project implementation, this is something that needs to happen in all the 47 county governments, he said.

The County chief called for support of cross border health programs which he said will reduce the number of vulnerable children and women in borders with Uganda and South Sudan as well as with West Pokot and Baringo counties.

On HIV/AIDS programs, the Governor recommended that affected families be tracked and given priorities in other programs such as relief distribution.

The USAID delegation was led by Health Team Leader Randolph Augustin and comprised different partners undertaking various health programs in Turkana.

Deputy Governor Peter Lotethiro assured the delegation of government support and reiterated the need for close engagement and linkage for the development goals to be met.

County Secretary Peter Eripete said clarity in responsibilities between the partners would be key in better review of performance as well as in measuring level of output.

County Executive for Finance and Planning Robert Loteleng’o said the validation of the new CIDP draft will involve all development partners in Turkana.

County Executive for Health and Sanitation Jane Ajele said that support of Community health volunteers was important as they played an important role in HIV/AIDS prevention and management.

Source: Kenya News Agency