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Busia county government to improve health sector

 

The County government of Busia plans to upgrade five health centres to level four hospitals and the Busia County Referral Hospital (BCRH) to level five in the financial year 2022-2023.

The targeted health centres include Ang’urai, Lupida, Bumala B, Kocholia and Matayos, with four dispensaries to be upgraded to health centres.

Speaking at Busia ATC during the public participation on the draft county fiscal strategy paper for financial year 2022-2023 and Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) the County director of health and sanitation Isaac Omeri said that the health sector is working hard to provide residents with improved health services.

“We have ensured that all health centres in the county have enough treatment facilities and health workers, we have also been allocated Sh100 million for drugs,” said Omeri.

He added that new dispensaries have been opened in the county and the old ones renovated to improve health services to residents.

‘Port Victoria Sub County hospital has been allocated nine million shillings to buy an x-ray machine and one million shillings set aside to buy an x-ray printer for Nambale Sub County hospital,” he added.  

Busia County Director of Health and Sanitation Dr. Isaac Omeri addressing participants during the County Public Participation on Draft County Fiscal Strategy Paper for Financial year 2022/2023 and MTEF

However, residents complained over poor medical services provided at the Busia County Referral Hospital and called on the medics to attend to patients more effectively.

Joel Okomolo Omkaga a resident of Busia town claimed that there was inadequate medicine in public hospitals and patients have to buy from private chemists at a high cost.

“We are always referred to specific chemists to buy medicine whenever we go to seek treatment in hospitals, even pregnant women with ‘Linda Mama’ have to buy materials required for them to be served without which they are not attended to,” Omkaga complained.

Sabensia Imoleta from Amukura west ward urged the county government to set rules and regulation that will govern use of drugs in government hospitals and prevent health workers owning chemists from selling government drugs for their own benefit.

Omeri said that they target a total of Sh200 million shillings to upgrade the BCRH, adding that health sector requires more funds to run effectively.

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