A strengthened partnership between the National and the County Government is very key to supporting devolution of equitable, accessible, affordable and quality healthcare services.
The Government Spokesperson Col. (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna today toured Moi County Referral Hospital (MCRH) and Mwatate Sub-County Hospital as part of the efforts of taking stock of the huge investments made by the 2-levels of government in the health sector.
Accompanied by the CECM Health Services, John Mwakima, the team assessed some of the specialized state-of-the-art medical equipment under the Managed Equipment Services (MES) programme, where Taita Taveta County has benefited from 5-dialysis machines which have eased pressure on Kenyatta National Hospital renal centre. Other equipment includes; 64-slice CT-Scanner, mammogram, radiology and X-ray machine which has relieved many patients from traveling to Mombasa and Nairobi for more advanced imaging services.
“I am really impressed by the ongoing works in Taita Taveta County aimed at transforming healthcare system. It is evident that the County leadership, led by H.E. Governor Granton Samboja has planned beyond COVID-19 pandemic because the 160-bed capacity facility at Mwatate Hospital will be converted to offer treatment for all other medical conditions, including specialised services, once the Covid disease is over” Said Col. Oguna
He added that in line with Vision 2030, the National Government is committed to achieve the Big Four Agenda with special attention to Universal Health Coverage.
“We all know that improved livelihoods and health well-being of every citizen is needed for maximum production as a nation “Said Government Spokesperson
Speaking during the tour, the County Executive Committee Member in charge of Health Services John Mwakima noted that the County Government has ensured appropriate allocation of the limited resources while leveraging on support from development partners towards transforming county’s healthcare system.
“This has resulted to construction of new facilities, steady supply of pharmaceuticals and non-pharmaceuticals and procurement of other key medical equipment to diagnose and treat ailments in need of specialized care such as cancer and eye services” Said Mwakima
Mwakima appealed to the National Government through the Ministry of Health to further intensify the partnership by supporting construction and equipping of a trauma center and expansion of cancer management and treatment at MCRH, Voi.
Taita Taveta County is also benefiting from Affordable Housing through Voi Housing Pool Project. The project is comprised of the maisonettes (98 per cent complete) and apartments (45 per cent).
Oguna concluded by urging Kenyans to take a personal responsibility in order to keep COVID-19 at bay saying the measures given by the Government must be followed.