Lonyan­ga­puo re­ceives med­i­cal sup­plies amid warn­ing to politi­cians

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - COUNTY - BY OS­CAR KAKAI

West Pokot Gover­nor John Lonyan­ga­puo has asked lo­cal politi­cians to keep pol­i­tics out of the health docket.

Prof Lonyan­ga­puo said pol­i­tics should be kept out in or­der to im­prove health services adding that the sec­tor hds re­ceived a ma­jor boost in med­i­cal sup­plies and equip­ment.

This comes after the gover­nor was grilled last week by the anti-graft agency fol­low­ing claims that his deputy Nicholas Atudonyang works full time in the US as a neu­ro­sur­geon yet con­tin­ues to draw a salary.

And in less than a week, Prof Lonyan­ga­puo reshuf­fled his cab­i­net re­liev­ing his deputy as the Health and Sanitation ex­ec­u­tive.

A pe­ti­tion on the health cri­sis in the county was pre­sented in the Se­nate by a lo­cal, Mr Den­nis Ruto Lopetakou.

Speak­ing yes­ter­day at Kapen­guria County Hos­pi­tal after re­ceiv­ing 1.7 tonnes of as­sorted med­i­cal equip­ment and 10,206 pre-na­tal vi­ta­min sup­ple­ments from the US cour­tesy of 'Sav­ing Moth­ers' and Dr Atudonyang, the county boss said that is the first batch of the con­sign­ment and three more con­tain­ers Weight of med­i­cal equip­ment the county gov­ern­ment re­ceived from char­ity group and the deputy gover­nor in the US.

of med­i­cal equip­ment are ex­pected next week.

“We shall also get 500 Lap­tops and ipads. On be­half of the peo­ple of West Pokot, I thank our friends for the wor­thy do­na­tions that will go a long way in im­prov­ing health services,” he said.

The gover­nor de­fended his deputy say­ing that he had helped bring good­ies to the county that shall im­prove health, not­ing that the sup­plies will be dis­trib­uted to health fa­cil­i­ties in the re­gion.

Prof Lonyan­ga­puo said they had put in place mech­a­nisms and strate­gies to solve the im­pend­ing chal­lenges in the health docket.

“We are fac­ing a lot of chal­lenges in the health sec­tor be­cause our county was marginalised for a long pe­riod and we have de­cided to help our­selves. We have en­sured all our health fa­cil­i­ties get enough sup­ply of drugs so that our peo­ple get bet­ter services,” he said.

The new Health ex­ec­u­tive, Mr Ge­of­frey Li­pale, called on the na­tional gov­ern­ment to in­crease funds in the docket to help im­prove health­care in the county.

Mr Li­pale fur­ther called for co-op­er­a­tion among lead­ers and health work­ers in the county.

He noted that health in­sti­tu­tions in the county had im­proved since he as­sumed of­fice adding that the de­volved unit had em­ployed more health work­ers in dif­fer­ent cadres to boost med­i­cal staff num­bers in health fa­cil­i­ties to min­imise re­fer­rals.

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