Busia Governor, Paul Otuoma, has directed the County Secretary, Nicodemus
Mulaku, to form a committee to investigate challenges facing the
County’s health care sector.
The County’s second Governor issued the directive, Friday, during a
consultative meeting with the County Health Management Team, at the
Busia County Referral Hospital.
He said the Committee which will comprise of the County Health
Executive and Directors, will also play a critical role in implementing
proposals raised to address the challenges hindering provision of
quality healthcare services to residents.
The Governor reminded the Health Management Committee that his
Administration’s main focus is to deal with the teething problems
ailing the health institutions across the County.
Some of the challenges facing the sector include inadequate allocation
for health products and technologies, centralized financing and
procurement functions of facilities, low project implementation rate,
perennial stock-outs of drugs, non-pharmaceuticals and understaffing.
The County Health Executive, Phaustine Barasa, attributed the challenges
affecting the sector to insufficient funding disclosing to the
governor that there is a budgetary deficit of over Sh2 billion.
The Chief Officer for Health and Sanitation, Jonathan Ino, while
presenting a report on the status of the healthcare sector stressed
on the need to increase funding to the Department.
He said the department needs at least 35 percent of the total county
budget to enable it meet some of the critical requirements like
adequate stocking of health commodities.
He emphasized on the need to fully implement the Busia County Health
Services Fund (Amendment) Act of 2021 and the Community Health
Services Act of 2021.
Medical Services Director, Janerose Ambuchi and her Preventive and
Promotive Services counterpart, Melsah Lutomia faulted the revenue
collection system saying there is a drop in revenue due to leakages.
“Officers involved in revenue collection are not doing
it properly. Integrity issues must be looked at as well as sealing the
loopholes to prevent the embezzlement of the funds,” Ambuchi said