Marsabit’s County Governor Mohammed Mahmud Ali said that his government has set aside 60 million shillings for the sole purpose of providing NHIF insurance to people.
Speaking in North Horr sub-county, Governor Ali said that approximately fifty thousand people from ten thousand families in the county will benefit from the fund set aside for the 2017/2018 financial year.
He said that the step is meant to deal with the challenges facing the health sector in the county.
The governor added that they intend to increase the amount set aside for the insurance fund to further improve the health sector as well as ensure that all equipment provided to the county by the national government is put into good use. This will be done by overcoming the challenge of lack of expertise among others.
Governor Mohammed Mahmud Ali also said that the county government has set aside one hundred million for the construction of a Kenya Medical Training College.
He said that they are still in dialogue with KMTC Nairobi who will assist them in the construction as the survey is ongoing. The county government is also in dialogue with the Kenya Medical and Research Institute to see whether one can be constructed in Marsabit.
Meanwhile, the decision on the discussion about the Nurse’s strike will be known on Monday the 9th of October. The governor said that the county government has been holding meetings with the nurses so as to come to a palpable solution. He added that action will be taken against those who will not report to work.
Governor Ali also said that his government will ensure that hospitals are well staffed to improve service delivery to the people of Marsabit.
Clinical officers signed an agreement to stop their one month strike after talks with the ministry of health.