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AMREF seeks to improve healthcare services in Busia

AMREF has committed to support the Busia Health and Sanitation Department by ensuring that the County’s Health Improvement Financing Bill 2023 is enacted.

Speaking during a meeting with the health leadership at Busia County Referral Hospital on Thursday, the organization’s Deputy Director Gilbert Wangalwa said that they would provide the support required to make sure that the proposed Bill is approved by the County Assembly.

“It is the best way to generate resources for health facilities, 100% of the money collected in the hospitals should remain there to improve the facility,” he said.

Wangalwa disclosed that the organization has supported 15 other counties adding that Busia should not be left behind.

“We will ensure that health facility management boards across the county are operational,” he said, adding that the organization is keen on supporting capacity building of staff, strengthening of laboratories, resource mobilization, and provision of oxygen among other needs.

He further stated that they would consider piping oxygen at the BCRH ICU and the maternity and newborn unit.

The official at the same time said that the organization is also focusing on the ground emergency transport system which he cited as one of the weakest links in the Counties.

“Though we have done well in air ambulance, the ground emergency transport system has emerged as one of the greatest needs,” he said.

Busia County CEC for Health Beatrice Nakholi commended the organization for the immense support provided to the Department adding that they would continue working closely with the Organization to strengthen the County’s health system.

By Salome Alwanda

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