Rural communities in Kenya face many challenges associated with poor access to healthcare. One of these challenges is the dependency on inadequately staffed and equipped health facilities. Due to distances from major towns, which have better equipped hospitals, rural community residents have to make do with health clinics that lack the capacity to deal with emergencies and other health needs of the community.
To curb these challenges, Governor Prof. John Lonyangapuo has announced that The Department of Health has allocated more than Kshs. 14 million to all health facilities in the county.
While commissioning water tanks set to be distributed to various health centers across the county, Governor Prof. Lonyangapuo said that selected committees will be in charge of the funds.
“We want our people from every part of the county to access better healthcare. We’re committed in ensuring that our healthcare system is at per with required standards.” Said Prof. Lonyangapuo.
The funds, the governor said, will be used to buy medical equipment as well as other requirements.
The Deputy Governor Dr. Nicholas Atudonyang said that despite significant gains in promoting and improving the health sector in the county, the county government is still committed to ensure locals access quality healthcare.
He added that the county administration in collaboration with the Health department will enable health care interventions to contribute to ending poverty and increasing shared prosperity for all.
The governor and his deputy were flanked by County Secretary Dr. Mike Parklea, CEC Geoffrey Lipale- Health, Chief Officers Edna Krop, Peter Adoki among other county officials.