Kwale County Governor Fatuma Achani has reiterated her administration’s commitment to providing quality healthcare delivery for the residents.
Governor Achani says she is determined to build a resilient primary healthcare system in the region with the necessary human resource capacity.
“Health is the main priority for my administration and what we need is an accessible, affordable and quality healthcare system that guarantees an efficient and effective service delivery for our people,” she said.
The county boss said she will ensure that health centres and dispensaries are usually stocked with adequate drugs, noting that “concerns over lack of drugs in health facilities will be a thing of the past.”
Achani stated this during a high-level consultative forum attended by senior health officials from across the county in her office in Kwale town.
She said discussion was centred on how best to improve healthcare services and well-being of the residents in the coastal county.
“One of the top priorities of my administration is to guarantee good health for the people knowing too well that health is wealth,” said Achani, adding that she will continue to monitor health service delivery to the grassroots.
According to Achani a ‘healthy nation is a wealthy one’ and it’s against that backdrop that her administration was committed to ensuring that public health facilities in the region were adequately catered for.
The Governor disclosed that during the inception of devolution in 2013 Kwale had only 35 health centres but today has 150 facilities spread in the five sub counties of Matuga, Msambweni, Kinango, Samburu and Lungalunga.
She urged heads of government facilities to take full responsibility in ensuring that quality healthcare delivery was rendered to the public.
“We have put in place good facilities with medical equipment and we are determined to make healthcare a priority and make Kwale a better place for health personnel and patients,” she said, adding that she will ensure good healthcare facilities.
She also promised to recruit requisite health workforce to ensure that all primary health care facilities have the minimum staffing requirements appropriate for their level.
“As a devolved unit we have hired enough personnel and will continue to do so to improve health service delivery to the people,” she said.
Achani urged the healthcare providers to be kind and caring people to their patients saying she will be going round regularly to inspect the condition of patients and the facilities.
By Hussein Abdullahi