Health Nominee assures Healthy County

All nurses in Nyandarua County except those working at the J.M Memorial referral hospital have resumed work, County Health Executive Committee Member, Peter Mbugua said.

Mbugua, the only executive from former County administration to be picked to serve under Governor Francis Kimemia’s administration, said all health facilities in rural areas were operating since the nurses had abandoned strike and gone back to work.

Many have abandoned the strike and are back to work. We hope that those at JM will also resume work soon, said the health nominee who promised to motivate his staff more if considered for the position by the County Assembly.

Speaking during the vetting by the County Assembly’s business committee, for the same position, Mbugua disclosed that the County had a shortfall of 230 nurses to add to the 400 currently deployed to man various health centres across the county.

About 70 more clinical officers are required to serve in the health facilities in the County and also physicians, surgeons and obstetrician to serve at the Engineer hospital, the CEC said.

Asked why the public health facilities still experienced drug shortage, Mbugua disclosed that the County government had stopped procuring drugs for faith based health institutions because it was becoming difficult to account for the same.

He added that the County government had embraced a decentralized mode of drug supply where individual health centres placed orders through their management committees and got their specific requisitions to last for a period of time.

Mbugua said the County government experienced difficulties in taking over some health facilities constructed through CDF because the Fund managements were yet to officially hand them over.

Enumerating the success of the County government in health service delivery, the executive said new HIV infections in Nyandarua had greatly dropped to an extent donors felt we can now manage on our own.

Mary Mugwanja, who was Governor Kimemia’s fund manager during the campaigns, was also vetted for the position of finance and economic planning executive.

Ms. Mugwanja promised to double the revenue collection in the county if given a chance to serve.

Source: Kenya News Agency