Likuyani MP Dr. Enoch Kibunguchy has vowed to table a motion in the national assembly seeking to revert health services to the national government.
Speaking when he led a fundraiser in aid of St. Francis catholic church in Sango ward, Dr. Kibunguchy who is the shadow cabinet secretary for health in the Ford Kenya party said regular wrangles between health employees and the county governments as well as poor health services offered to the millions of Kenyans are evident that county governments are unable to effectively manage the sector.
He pointed out that the human resource function for the sector across all the 47 counties was on its deathbed thus demoralizing the majority of the health workers.
This, coupled with lack of good health facilities and enough medical supplies, he said has made it difficult for health workers to offer quality services to Kenyans.
He said currently every county was working on its standards noting that in some counties the health sector is not given the needed attention.
He argued that in some counties, health workers are treated better than others saying the disparity in their management can only be alleviated if they are put under the national government.
The MP revealed that he was already working on a bill seeking to take back the health sector to the national government saying it will be soon tabled on the floor of the house.
He said apart from reverting the sector to the national government, the bill will also seek the establishment of a Health Service Commission (HSC) to handle human resource matters for the health workers and enhance uniformity within the sector.
“We hear medics in some counties decide to go on strike due to lack of payments among other grievances. There is no common health standard in all counties and this can only be achieved by taking back health services to the national government and pushing for establishment of a Health Service Commission.” Observed Kibunguchy.