State to blame for health cri­sis — Machage

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Parliament -

Se­nate Health Com­mit­tee chair­man Wil­fred Machage and County As­sem­blies Fo­rum sec­re­tary gen­eral Al­bert Kochei yes­ter­day blamed the health work­ers’ strike on the na­tional govern­ment. Machage ac­cused the na­tional govern­ment of re­fus­ing to ac­knowl­edge that health is a de­volved func­tion, say­ing the govern­ment is hold­ing back a huge chunk of the health bud­get and has failed to de­velop poli­cies to guide the sec­tor. He, how­ever, urged nurses and doc­tors to call off their na­tion­wide strike, which started on Mon­day and has paral­ysed ser­vices in all pub­lic health in­sti­tu­tions. “The na­tional govern­ment has been un­will­ing to sup­port the de­vo­lu­tion of health func­tions. This is to blame for the chal­lenges fac­ing the sec­tor, which have un­for­tu­nately been blamed on gov­er­nors,” Machage said. Kochei crit­i­cised the Pres­i­dent for be­ing silent.

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