August 9

Wanga takes oath of office, promises to prioritise health in her tenure

Thursday, August 25th, 2022 18:24 | By
Homa Bay County Governor Gladys Wanga while addressing members of the public after being sworn in. PHOTO/Habil Onyango

Homa Bay Governor Gladys Wanga has promised that her administration will prioritise the health sector for effective service delivery.

Wanga, who was sworn in on Thursday, August 25, said the health system in the county has been in deplorable condition and marred with poor quality service provision, poor infrastructure, and delayed payments for workers.

"I am well aware of health challenges facing our community. These include HIV, malaria, and teenage pregnancies.

"My administration will prioritise infrastructure development to ensure we have an accessible, affordable, and quality healthcare," she stated.

Wanga was sworn in alongside her deputy Joseph Oyugi Magwanga at Homa Bay County Stadium in a ceremony that was presided over by Lady Justice Asenath Ongeri.

"We will ensure that a huge chunk of funds is allocated to the upgrading of our health facilities starting with Homa Bay County Referral Hospital which will be upgraded to level five," Wanga said.

Wanga to support poor households

Azimio la Umoja deputy presidential candidate Martha Karua joins Homa Bay Governor Gladys Wanga and Woman Representative Joyce Atieno on the dance floor during the swearing-in of Wanga on Thursday, August 25, 2022. PHOTO/Habil Onyango

Wanga also promised to introduce a program to support poor households to acquire NHIF cards and restore pharmaceuticals and other essential commodities to healthcare.

The occasion was graced by Azimio la Umoja presidential running mate Martha Karua, Florence Mutua, Roza Buyu, Beatrice Elachi, and Priscilla Nyokabi.

Others were Senator Moses Kajwang, Homa Bay Woman Representative-elect Joyce Atieno, MPs Opondo Kaluma (Homa Bay Town), Ong'ondo Were (Kasipul), Lillian Gogo (Rangwe), Martin Owino (Ndhiwa), and Eve Obara of Kabondo Kasipul

Karua praised the Homa Bay voters for electing a woman as their governor saying with her past track record, Wanga will put Homa Bay on the national map.

"After listening to Wanga's vision for the county, I have realised that it is in line with the Azimio manifesto. I want to assure the people of Homa Bay that she will deliver her promises," Karua said.

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