According to a report by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, the health sector is the second most corrupt after the internal affairs sector.
Speaking at a health and EACC’s officer’s workshop in Marsabit County, The commission’s commissioner Dr Dabar Abdi Maalim pointed out that they discovered an increase in corruption cases in the health sector between 2015 and 2016.
Dr Dabar said that 7% of those who were interviewed said that the health sector is corrupt. He added that most cases of corruption are witnessed in the procurement departments in both the national and county governments.
EACC’s commissioner urged officials in the health department to be responsible and avoid corruption scandals. He pointed out that corruption in the health sector leads to poor medical care to the public.
The two day workshop was led by the commission’s commissioner and Ignatius Wekesa, chairman of the commission in North Eastern. The workshop was aimed at empowering the health officials on how to deal with corruption cases in the sector.
The EACC trained 80 health officers in the county. The trained officers will be expected to pass on the knowledge gained to all health departments across the county which include creation of awareness on the importance of the commission, how to deal with corruption as well as informing the public on corruption issues.
Yusuf Godana who represented the health sector officials said that poor workmanship of health officers is also a means to corruption.