Health Sector Scoops The Lion’s Share Of County Budget

The Health sector in Tharaka Nithi County gained more in the 2019/2020 supplementary budget scooping Shs. 1.83 billion which translates to 47.3 percent of the county revenue.

The recurrent expenditure has been allocated Shs. 1.6 billion while the remaining Shs. 244 million will fund development projects.

The county government allocated Shs.15 million to purchase hospital equipment and maintenance while Shs. 42.1 million goes to rehabilitation of health centres with Sh.176.8 million being allocated to fund referral hospitals in the county.

The County Executive Committee (CEC) member for Finance, Ms. Naivasha Dorothy read the budget to members of the county assembly on Friday.

The Department of Agriculture was allocated Sh.260.4 million with Shs.164 million going to the Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture programme which covers banana, cereals and dairy farming.

The Sh 23 million has been allocated to fund the completion of the Agriculture Training Institute in Igamba Ng’ombe ward Sh.20 million to provide farm inputs to farmers, Sh.10 million for completion of Mukothima grain store and Shs.20 million to support coffee and tea industry.

In efforts to provide safe and clean drinking water, the Department of Water Services and Irrigation has been allocated Shs.120.75 million by which 15 irrigation and nine domestic water projects will be implemented.

The county government has allocated Shs.52.25 million to smallholder irrigation programmes as part of efforts to ensure food security.

In addition, Shs.28.5 million has been allocated for drilling boreholes in Gatunga and Muthokima Wards.

Source: Kenya News Agency