Kitui County Governor Charity Ngilu flagged off a team of 35 medical staff to various hospitals in the county at the Kitui Level 4 Hospital grounds earlier today. The team comprising 27 doctors and 8 pharmacists have been deployed immediately and are a boost to the health sector that received an allocation of 60 nurses at the wake of Ngilu’s term as the Governor.
The Governor assured the medical staff of her support towards realizing a better environment for service provision in the hospital facilities and said that her leadership will set pace for providing solutions to possible setbacks encountered in the facilities. She urged the doctors to embrace dialogue in solving issues that have often resulted to industrial actions. “My office is open for you, my phone number is available when needed”, she said as expression of her willingness to face daily delays doctors face in course of duty.
The Governor applauded all stakeholders whose discourse led to an end of the strike that witnessed loss of lives countrywide. Ngilu assured her commitment towards improving health centres to meet the state of the art standards where everyone would visit for medical attention. “I intend to improve all facilities in the county, it will be very pleasing if a patient at Nuu or Ikutha gets the services they need at their nearby facilities” she said.
“We’ve lost at least 5 women during child delivery since my swearing in, it pains me a lot, and no woman should be used as statistics whatsoever” She tenderly said. She reiterated that the County Health Insurance cover is a key plank of her plan that seeks to make Kitui the leading county in universal healthcare provision to all. The latest milestone comes as the fulfilment of the governor’s campaign pledge to ensure that hospitals get doctors in the first 100 days in office.
Speaking during the launch, the County Executive Member for Health Rosita Ngina said that her ministry is keen to strengthen the health information system through automation of operations to ensure that efficiency and effectiveness in service delivery is realized. She challenged the medical staff to ensure that they better the county health sector and assured them that the ministry targets health financing through and allocation from the national government and partnership with willing individual, bilateral and multilateral donors among many.
She said that she will embrace a sound engagement framework with both medical and non-medical staff for smooth operations and offer quality services to the precedence clients- the people of Kitui. Also present in the event were Deputy Governor Dr. Wathe Nzau, County CECs, Chief Officers and national government officers.