The Busia County Health Services Fund board has agreed to push for the implementation of the Busia County Health Services Fund Act 2015 with the aim of improving service delivery in the health sector.
The Act seeks to promote partnerships in the provision and delivery of health and pharmaceutical services in the county; to mobilize resources for the delivery of services and to ensure reliable and cost effective access to important medicines and connected matters.
Speaking during a two-day inauguration and induction programme that ended at Chef West Hotel on Friday, the board members agreed that the Act needs to be implemented with the urgency it deserves.
“Depending on revenue collection alone is not enough hence the need for the health funds that can be in form of grants, donations annuities or gratuities from any lawful sources,” said the Board Member Charles Mubweka.
The board was also taken through the county budget cycle with the key functions including planning, coordination, communication, controlling and evaluation being vital for the budget office.
Mr. Sylvester Obunde also took the board through the Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS) that has clear-cut guidelines on the procurement process as far as suppliers were concerned.
”This system embraces transparency; it’s electronic with every process done online reducing canvassing, that was the norm during the manual system,” he said.
The session ended with Dr. Ezekiel Okwach Otieno, the chief officer in the Office of the Governor, highlighting the key roles and responsibilities of the board members.
“They include responsibility in contributing to decision-making of the board; this involves a lot of team work among the board members. Also, the members should govern and oversee the entities (health sector) operations.
Members should attend and participate in board meetings. This involves attending board events that may include representing the board among other roles that may arise from time to time,” Dr. Okwach said.