Poor healthcare a big concern in Kajiado governors’ debate

By Our Reporter

Kajiado County is among counties that are struggling to improve the quality of heartcare.

For a long time, residents have been visiting neighboring counties to receive services.

During Kajiado gubernatorial debate incumbent governor Joseph ole Lenku was taken to task on poor healthcare services.

Former governor Dr David Nkedianye said the governor has failed to implement universal health coverage (UHC).

Nkedianye said hospitals are lacking medicine something he said was not witnessed during his regime, where health department was allocated highest budget.

The former county boss said what need to be done is allocation more money for medicine and motivating the medics.

` Patients are told to purchase medicine from private clinics, in Loitokitok people visit Tanzania for services,” he said.

The politician said the county govt Mbuzi Moja Afya Bora initiative failed to kick off due to poor governance.

In his defense Lenku said the project was delayed but kicked off and people are still benefiting from it.

He noted that the number of patients is increasing and people do not visit other counties anymore because of improved facilities in the public hospitals

`The national government failure to allocate money to counties on time is the main challenge, this leads to delay in provision of services,’ he said.

A visit in most hospitals availability of medicine is a big challenge, most people purchase medicine from private chemists.

Peter Kago who is an independent gubernatorial candidate said the challenge is there and a lot needs to be done, he promised to allocate more money to healthcare if elected governor.

` The national government should also be involved and allocate money directly to the health department,’ he said.

Kago said the health sector must be managed by professionals who should be motivated, they should be paid.

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