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AMPATH commits to boost health services in Trans Nzoia

Health services in Trans Nzoia County are set to receive a major boost following a partnership agreement worth millions of shillings between the United States Agency for Development (USAID) AMPATH UZIMA and the devolved unit.

The USAID AMPATH UZIMA team led by Chief of Party (COP) Prof Sylvester Kimaiyo disclosed plans by the organization to release a total of Sh. 226.8 million that would be channeled toward various programmes aimed at improving health service delivery to members of the public.

The Academic Model Providing Access to Health Care (AMPATH) Chief of Party (COP) Professor Sylvester Kimaiyo was in charge of a delegation that was received by Governor George Natembeya at office in Kitale town on Monday morning.

According to Professor Kimaiyo, Sh.64 million will be used in boosting HIV/AIDs care activities, Sh.124 million will be spend on Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) programmes and Sh.9.8 million will go towards boosting OVC activities.

Kimaiyo further detailed that Sh.10 million would be set aside for the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) with a further Sh.19 million being allocated toward the general management of covid-19 across the County.

Governor Natembeya hailed and assured the AMPATH UZIMA team of his administration’s commitment on prudence management of funds by donors as well as from the National Treasury.

The Governor put on notice any health staff that would be accused of embezzling donor funds.

“I want to assure the public of my administration’s pledge of prudence use and management of any funds received from the National Government and development partners, both local and international,” Natembeya reiterated.

The county boss revealed plans by his government to recruit about 202 health workers that will include Clinical Officers, Nurses, Counsellors and Community Health Workers.

“Employment of more health staff and implementation of several other lined programmes are geared towards enhancing the health and living standards of our people,” remarked Natembeya who was joined by Health CEC Dr. Pepela Wanjala.

By Maurice Aluda

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