West Pokot county government is set to employ 140 health personnel to boost its health sector.
Speaking when he flagged 20 storage containers donated by World Food Programme, area governor Simon Kachapin said that his government has prioritized health sector above all other sectors and that each of the four sub counties will receive a boost of 5 new health facilities.
“We have increased the number of health facilities in our county from 3 to 8 necessitating the need to employ more health practitioners to give service to the locals.
Governor Simon Kachapin said the project is part of the government’s plan to improve community health.
The containers which were handed out by the world health program and other partners will be distributed among the four sub counties as storage facilities.
“We want to thank our development partners in ensuring we serve our people well through such aid and this will greatly help us especially in storing drugs.
According to health stakeholders, the County government has set up more new health centres but the number is still low compared to the population and the vastness of the region.
Kachapin observed that there is need for all stakeholders to chip in and fund health projects to improve health services in the area.
West Pokot County has made significant improvement on maternal health including safe delivery and positive health indicators of improved skilled delivery from 4% to 30%.
The county is affected by retrogressive cultural practices that contribute to poor health especially on feeding patterns leading to massive numbers of malnutrition especially in the remote areas a thing that the governor tasked the new employees to tackle.