CHVs to be recruited after signing of a new law

Vihiga Governor signing the bill
Vihiga Governor signing the bill

Vihiga Governor Dr. Wilber Ottichilo on Tuesday assented to Vihiga County Health Volunteers Bill 2022 and Vihiga County Community Health Services Amendment Bill 2022.

The Vihiga County Community Health Volunteers Bill 2022 (now Act) provides a legal roadmap within which the County executive will engage the Community Health Volunteers (CHVs).

In his address after signing the Bill, Governor Ottichilo said the Bill now entrenches the CHVs into the County Government health structure as an essential component in the primary healthcare provision. It also recognizes CHVs as an integral part of the Human Capital in the Health Services Department.

“For a very long time our CHVs have been a forgotten lot, am glad that this Bill fully recognizes their input and puts entrenches them as our level one human capital in the healthcare system”, said the Governor.

Health Services CECM Prof Inonda Mwanje termed the Bills as a landmark adding that they make Vihiga County stand out in matters engagement of CHVs in a structured manner.

The Health Services Amendment Bill 2022 provides for a structured way of engagement with development partners in a bid to improve Primary Healthcare System in the County.