Misuse of fund rampant in health sector

Most of the funding channeled to the health sector in the country goes into waste during procurement of equipment and services, World Bank/IFC Global Health Specialist, Prof. Khama Rogo, has said.

Prof. Rogo challenged Kenyans to hold accountable the health sector on all the monies they receive.

The health sector needs to be held responsible for any money they receive and what they do with it. Equipment are cheap in India but in Kenya prices are high because of middle men that one has to pass through to procure, lamented the health specialist in Wote town, Makueni County, Wednesday, where he officially opened a Universal Health Care Conference.

The Conference theme, Meeting Universal Health Care Challenge was organized by the Makueni County Government in conjunction with AMREF and Kenya Vision 2030 among others.

During the function, Prof. Rogo observed that the gusto in which the equipment are purchased is not reciprocated in maintenance, a situation that has aggravated provision of services at the health facilities.

At the same time, he said purchase of medical equipment was the innovative way to go, adding that the sector should be run as a business to ensure sustainability.

On quality, the health specialist said many patients were running away from the public health facilities due to the existing poor relationship between nurses and patients.

As a health practitioner, you only need three things: cleanliness, kindness and care that come at no cost. Indiscipline and poor communication has cut off the link between nurses and their patients. Hospitals should be equipped with doctors and nurses who love their work, he said.

During the function, Prof. Rogo gave key note address on, Managing public expectations, health consumer rights and sustainable quality county health care delivery.

On specialization, he noted that counties need to specialize in certain fields of medicine so that they can trade in and generate more income for themselves.

He wondered why there were so many consultants at the Kenyatta National Hospital instead of the the Sub- county hospitals where there was much demand.

Prof. Kogo also said doctors should be hired on contract basis instead of the current permanent and pensionable terms.

However, Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentist Union (KMPPDU) Secretary General, Dr. Ouma Oluga, speaking in the same forum was quick to oppose sentiments that doctors should be employed on contract basis.

Dr. Oluga noted that if this was ever practiced in Kenya, then medics would suffer even more difficulties than what was being experienced currently with the county governments, who are their employer.

On his part, Makueni County Governor, Prof. Kivutha Kibwana, said that corrupt officials found misappropriating public funds would be sacked.

Source: Kenya News Agency