Financial constraints are major challenges facing Governors in running Health Dockets in their respective counties, Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong has revealed.
Speaking during the burial of his niece Elizabeth Mukhwana Owich, 23, at Mauko in Burumba Ward on Friday, the Governor said they have the ability to manage the docket if the National Government channels more funds to counties.
“The budget for the health department stands at over Ksh7billion. The donor community funds the department to the tune of Ksh3.5b with my Government giving Ksh1.5b, thus the deficit of over Ksh2b,” he said.
He told the National Government to allow Governors to cost all devolved functions including Agriculture, ECD and Vocational Training so that the National Government can remit the money to counties.
Governor Ojaamong told the National Government to undertake civic education, admitting that his government is doing a good job despite the limited resources.
He assured county residents that BCRH, Port Victoria, Sio Port, Khunyangu, Nambale, Alupe and Kocholia Sub County Hospitals will meet the required standards by May 2019.
Governor Ojaamong also defended nurses for the splendid job despite the limited resources; he criticized those who heap blame on nurses working at Busia County Referral Hospital saying they are too few.