The County Government of Nandi is turning to deep-pocketed investors to help boost service provision in the region's key health sector as it looks to fill gaps left by public facilities.
Governor Stephen Sang, who is the youngest County boss in Kenya, reckons that such investment initiatives will help raise levels of healthcare service provision and create employment opportunities in the devolved unit.
“Public Private Partnerships in the health sector through exchange programmes, internships and creation of employment opportunities is our goal,” said Mr Sang who spoke during the opening of the Aga Khan Satellite Clinic in Kapsabet town Sunday.
“We don’t want to have cases where our locals will have to rely on hospitals in Uasin Gishu County for medication for ailments that can be handled in our hospitals,” he added.
In September, Mr Sang directed all county staff to seek treatment at public facilities in what he said was a bid to improve healthcare services in the region.
Trust public hospitals
He says he wants to revamp the crucial sector with the first step being to ensure locals have confidence in local facilities.
“All county government employees and I must from today seek medical attention from our own public health facilities. We will only improve our services if we appreciate them,” he directed at the time.
Mr Sang dissolved the County’s health management board and all hospital management committees in August over allegations of corruption, ahead of an audit of the unit's finances.
Those suspended included County health executive officer Mathew Rotich, chief officer Edward Serem and director of health Daniel Kemboi.