North Rift county chiefs vow to revolutionise healthcare sector

Friday, September 2nd, 2022 02:30 | By
Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Alex Tolgos
Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Alex Tolgos

Governors from the North Rift have settled down to work, seeking to rectify mistakes made by their predecessors, especially in the health sector.

Elgeyo Marakwet’s Wisley Rotich, who succeeded Alex Tolgos, on a tour of health facilities, promised to ensure a steady supply of drugs.

Speaking after touring Kamwosor Sub-County Hospital in Keiyo South yesterday, Rotich outlined various issues that need to be addressed in order to fix the county's health system. 

“During the inspection tours, we have discovered that most of our health facilities across the county lack sufficient drugs. My administration will address this issue once and for all.”

Rotich added that his administration would establish an automated drugs management system in all major health facilities in the county to check on accountability and relevance.  “We need to have a real-time record on how drugs are issued. We are putting up an elaborate monitoring system,” explained Rotich.

Elgeyo Marakwet county has 129 health centres spread.

 In the neighbouring Baringo, Governor Benjamin Cheboi — who took over from Stanley Kiptis — has also decried drug shortage as a major challenge to the devolved unit.

“My administration is committed to ensuring our people get quality healthcare. Shortage of drugs and poor service delivery remains our major challenge, but we will sort this out,” he said.

The People Daily established that patients, especially from far-flung areas, have been travelling long distances to seek treatment in Nakuru, Uasin Gishu and Elgeyo Marakwet counties.

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