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Governor Kuti takes major steps to revamp health sector

Counties will no longer clash with the national government on health matters but will instead work together to harmonise and improve the sector.

The new Council of Governors (CoG) Health Committee Chairman Mohamed Kuti said the long running row between the national and county governments on health will end once challenges are addressed.

Dr Kuti urged the national government to equip counties to deal with cancer patients at their level.

“This is better than crowding the cancer patients in a central place because they wait for six months at Kenyatta National Hospital to seek treatment, which worsens their condition,” he said.

DEVOLVED
The chairman said that if cancer management and treatment was devolved to the 47 regions and the hospitals are equipped to handle the patients, there will be more efficient services.

“An appeal had been made to centralise cancer management and treatment but in our CoG meeting some time back. We felt strongly that we can handle it but we need our capacities to be enhanced,” he added.

Speaking to the Nation after being elected during an induction retreat for governors and their deputies at Diani Reef Hotel, he said health was fully devolved but there was a lack of coordination, communication, capacity building and human resource management.

“Health has been one of the difficult dockets in the sense that devolution happened on July 2013 without considering the capacity of the counties.

“The sudden way in which health was devolved was like a pre-term baby,” Dr Kuti said.

DOCTORS
During the meeting, the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) also called on county governments to recruit 1,000 more doctors who have been waiting for deployment for the past one year to address a shortage of health workers.

The union’s secretary general Ouma Oluga appealed to the governors and President Uhuru Kenyatta to recruit more doctors in order to achieve free universal health care coverage.

Besides addressing the deficit of 35,000 workers, the union boss also called on governors to improve the working conditions of health workers to avoid the exodus that was witnessed this year.

SALARIES

According to Dr Oluga, about 600 doctors have left county jobs for greener pastures abroad or joined private practice.

“Since December last year, 300 doctors have resigned and another 300 gone for further studies. In Nakuru, 24 doctors have left the county,” he said.

“There is still some hesitancy by counties, some understandably because of issues of finance.”

Dr Kuti noted that signing of the collective bargaining agreements for doctors and nurses was a challenge in the sector and was being resolved.

“Positive development has happened, especially on human resource issues,” he said. “We are now at a closure of the chaotic period. It is now upon the CoG and the Ministry of Health to implement the CBA.”

STRIKE
The Isiolo governor said he will hold talks with all cadres of health staff to thwart any industrial action.

He also said he will call a meeting with donors to synchronise the national and county resources to improve health care services.

Dr Oluga urged the government to build a robust, efficient and responsible health care system so that every disease will be tackled easily.

The union boss said all public hospitals should be fully equipped to diagnose malaria, cancer, kidney and other chronic diseases.

Dr Oluga said the national and county governments should not fight on who will run the cancer treatment centres.

FUNDS
For the last four years, he said, Kenyans had faced challenges accessing health services in the counties.

He however lauded governors saying there had been a lot of improvement.

Although counties were not getting enough funds from the national government, they were not properly managing the little that they got, he said.

“Even the monies they are getting are not being put into proper use. As doctors, we have assured governors we will support them in the planning,” he said.

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1 comment

rezen Dec 27, 2017 at 10:06 pm

Subject: “Governor Kuti takes major steps to revamp health sector”, By Daily Nation, Dec 27, 2017

Commentary, 27 Dec 2017
Let us be HONEST to ourselves.
Let us take the THREE utmost essential factors in the development of any society around the Globe: FOOD, HEALTH and EDUCATION.

The above are three triangular interconnected items, essential for the development of any society. Without these three, it is a futile attempt to struggle for the “development’ of any country, of any people. Now, how do we, AFRICANS, fare on these three factors. Let us be honest; WE FAILED MISERABLY on each one of them:

1. FOOD: Let us agree that Africa, as a Continent, is NOT A BARE LAND. What is BARE is the education necessary to cultivate the land and be self-sufficient source of food for the healthy development of the Africa People. The ancient generation of Africa have done their best and survived. But the Evil Colonial Forces marauding the Continent from East to West, from North to South, destroyed the way of Life of the entire Black Race. They took over the Land for their own benefit for food, for natural mineral resources, for land space for their ever growing populations. In the process, the indigenous AFRICANS were slowly, and cruel, became disfranchised – strangers in their own Lands. Let us go to EDUCATION

2. EDUCATION: The education system designed for the indigenous Africans were only aimed at arresting the analytical mind of the African Child to exclusively European civilization and superiority, culture, and above all to the History of the Superior White Race. As a consequence the African Child grows-up, not with analytical mind, but with a mentality mimicking about the history and glory of his colonial masters. In short, the African Child is denied to be himself, and instead became a clumsy mimicker of the European civilization. Conclusion: The African Child was condemned (tuned) to accept himself as an INFERIOR species. That is why African Intellectuals, African Dictators, and “modern” educated Africans of all strata are prone to playing the role of just mimicking. In three cruel words: AFRICA IS DESTROYED.

3. HEALTH: The Medical system in Africa would be a laughing matter had it not been a TRAGEDY. African Intellectuals, African Dictators, African Doctors themselves, and any one with enough money would go abroad for medical treatment. There is an obvious reason for that – but too shameful to admit and put them into words. Instead, it is easier for us to camouflage the reality of the medical profession in Africa by always complaining about lack of adequate medical instruments and materials, uniforms etc. If we were to be honest, the basic (foundation) is the glaring lack of medical education in Africa. We can go farther, but it hurts too deeply. As one Hollywood Actor Officer screamed to his Lieutenant in a Movie : “YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO HANDLE THE TRUTH !!!”. It [the Movie] was powerful. And so, Dear African Brethren, the TRUTH hurts and we have a long way to go i.e.>>> without assurance that we can even claim AFRICA to be ours!!!! THE END

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