Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong has lauded the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for the funding it extends in boosting the health sector in the county.
Addressing the USAID team led by the new Mission Director Mark Meassick for Kenya and East Africa that had paid him a courtesy call in his office on Wednesday, the Governor said USAID and other donor partners are contributing Ksh3.2billion annually to the health sector.
“Our health sector with an annual total budget of Ksh6.5b depends on donor support which accounts for 48 per cent. My government contributes Sh2b, leaving a deficit of Sh1.5b,” he said.
The Governor said despite that kind gesture, his government still faces challenges as Frontier County where over a third of the patients seeking treatment at our facilities in Busia and Malaba are from neighbouring Uganda and yet it is not factored anywhere.
However, Governor Ojaamong said his government had invested a lot in infrastructure at the sub-county hospitals, with theatres, laboratories, maternity wards among others, adding that they are all being equipped.
Busia Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi lauded the donor agency for the various programs it is funding in the county which includes management of HIV/AIDS, Malaria, TB and nutrition among others which has contributed to high mortality rate in the County.
“Our partnership will go a long way in addressing the many challenges facing patients who seek both preventive and curative health care. In line with the National Government’s Big Four Agenda, our focus is on improving the basic health facilities which will boost the quality of health services to our people,” he said.
Meassick urged Governors in the Lake Region Economic block to harmonize health services in the region to avoid duplication of health services, adding that USAID will continue sponsoring health services in the country.
Busia County Assembly Speaker Bernard Wamalwa said the assembly was working on five key legislations to ensure efficient service delivery to people, noting that they are willing to partner with USAID through the Executive to ensure that whatever funding or partnership, shall be nurtured together for the benefit of county residents.
The meeting was also attended by County Director Medical Services Dr Janerose Ambuchi, Director Health Services and Chief of Staff Sebastian Okiring’.
USAID programs in Busia County include promoting resilient economic growth and food security, and investing in healthy, educated people.