Lonyangapuo receives medical supplies amid warning to politicians
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.