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Health Sector scoops the lion’s share of County Budget

The  Health  sector in Tharaka Nithi County gained more in the 2019/2020 supplementary budget scooping Shs. 1.83 billion which translates to 47.3 percent of the county revenue.

The  recurrent  expenditure  has  been  allocated Shs. 1.6 billion  while the remaining  Shs. 244 million will fund development projects.

The  county  government allocated Shs.15 million to purchase hospital equipment and maintenance while Shs. 42.1 million goes to rehabilitation of health centres with Sh.176.8 million being allocated to fund referral hospitals in the county.

The County Executive Committee (CEC) member for Finance, Ms. Naivasha  Dorothy read the budget to members of the  county assembly  on  Friday.

The  Department  of  Agriculture  was allocated Sh.260.4 million with Shs.164 million going to the Kenya Climate Smart  Agriculture  programme which covers banana, cereals and dairy farming.

The  Sh 23 million  has  been  allocated  to fund the completion of the Agriculture Training Institute in Igamba Ng’ombe ward  Sh.20 million to provide farm inputs to farmers, Sh.10 million for completion of Mukothima grain store and Shs.20 million to support coffee and tea industry.

In  efforts to provide safe and clean drinking water, the Department of Water Services and Irrigation has been allocated Shs.120.75 million by which 15 irrigation and nine domestic water projects will be implemented.

The  county  government has allocated Shs.52.25 million to smallholder irrigation programmes as part of efforts to ensure food security.

In  addition, Shs.28.5 million has been allocated for drilling boreholes in Gatunga and Muthokima Wards.

By  Billy  Karimi/Kenneth Marangu

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