Kisumu County’s investment in community and primary health care.
About 2500 community health workers (CHW) are set to benefit from 45 million shillings set-aside by the county government of Kisumu as stipend.
The amount has been budgeted to cover for 6 months stipend before the next financial year commences. Each of the CHW’s will be receiving Ksh 3000 on a monthly basis.
Governor Peter Anyang Nyong’o will on 12th of April launch the payment at Angola hospital in Kisumu East Sub-county, during which he will pay off the first batch of 16 million shillings to the CHW’s.
The remuneration is in line with the promise given by the County Government of Kisumu as an appreciation for the services rendered by the health volunteers who are equally distributed and designated at the units.
Kisumu’s county government had committed to pay stipends following a community health policy that was reviewed by the council of governors.
As part of capacity building for volunteers and CHW’s, a 13 module curriculum was also developed including 6 basic and 7 technical manual for the community volunteers.
This step will go a long way in the impact created by Universal Healthcare (UHC) which is linked directly to health at the household level through primary health care.
Primary health care encompasses correct health seeking behavior, the correct knowledge about health and wellness, use of clean water for drinking, proper house hold hygiene and excreta disposal and adequate nutrition of a balanced diet, child immunization and monitoring of pregnant women and sufficient mental health and stability and oral health. (Continuum of health care)
One of the challenges under UHC was the decision to pay community health workers a stipend as a way of appreciation to their work in promoting health and providing services to communities.
Numerous arguments and counter have been advanced on the ability to sustain the payment to community health workers since the onset of their usage in 1978 when they started working as volunteers known as CHV’s.
The Kisumu county government realizing their immense value has taken a bold step to begin paying this providing remuneration that will go a long way in incentivizing this cadre of workers to have faith and perform better in their work places.
In Kisumu County the CHW’s form the largest single health work force and have been delivering services pro- bono.
It’s a major land mark in history that the governor will unlock the door of non -payment to this faithful and dedicated workers.
Apart from the stipend the county government is embarking on programs to develop their income generating base to guarantee their adherence and sustainability to the work as well as their medical cover under NHIF.
Angola health center, situated in Kisumu East sub county is a shining example of an integrated development program where practical skills are offered to the community especially the vulnerable groups and knowledge and appropriate attitude change is exchanged and grounded .
Angola is one of the designated places benefitting from food security programs and enterprise programs, clean water provision, early child hood development and youth stroke adolescent empowerment.
The overall result is predictable development of all age groups. This programs will adapt well to the new dispensation of making the villages centers and engines of development within the sub counties in particular and the county overall.
“It our intention to replicate this model in all the sub counties in Kisumu.” Governor Nyongo says.
The community unit structure comprises CHCs, CHVs, CHWs, households, and affiliate health facilities. The nearest health facility is the community’s link for seeking all health services.
The community unit, which draws its membership from the catchment area, is led by the CHC and office personnel to support the CHVs in their community-related health work. Post- devolution, there is increased investment by counties on the community strategy, with revision of the strategy designed to reach communities mainly through employed staff with the support of volunteers (5 CHWs from 2 per 1000 HHs). A community health policy has been drafted and is being reviewed by the Council of Governors.
It seems that all basic preparations have been made and what is remaining is getting consensus and endorsement by MOH and counties with agreed design changes if necessary and scale up to ensure that Kenya is investing more on prevention and promotion. Currently, there are 4587 community units established with 4048 CHWs and 90758 CHVs, and only 7 counties met average of deploying 2 CHWs per county.
There is however need to re-examine and strengthen the community strategy as a means of reaching the community. This should include the mobilization of additional resources for community based interventions and leveraging the use of community health workers in enrolling the population on to the National Hospital Insurance Scheme.
Comprehensive and integrated care for the bulk of the assorted health problems in the community is more efficient than relying on separate services for selected problems, partly because it leads to a better knowledge of the population and builds greater trust.
By Lorraine Anyango
By Lorraine Anyango
Foot football clinic
Ronaldo De Assis Moreira, also known Ronaldinho, made history for his technical skills and creativity due to his agility, pace and dribbling ability as well as his use of tricks, he rose to become FIFA world player of the year.
He demonstrated feints, overhead kicks, no look passes and accuracy from free kicks. He was considered the best player of his generation and one of greatest of all time.
Ronaldinho enjoyed a stellar 17-year career, playing 97 matches for brazil national team, scoring 33 goals and representing his county in two FIFA world cups.
This is the man that young foot ballers in Kisumu and its environs are set to glean from as he graces their matches at the Moi stadium in Kisumu.
He is scheduled to grace a grass root football match between Kisumu All starts and Bondo United during which he is expected to also mentor the young players.
“We shall be learning from the best, we are already building confidence and desire within ourselves that with Ronald wisdom we can scale the heights of world class football.” Alfred Adu. Kisumu all Stars team manager said.
“For me it’s a dream come true, I have been playing football passionately since child hood and people nicknamed me Gaucho, I lack words, I can’t wait” He added.
Apart from gracing the exhibition match on Saturday November 10 th 2018 from 3 pm, Ronaldinho who is also the brand ambassador for Betika will open the firm’s office in Kisumu.
Kisumu county Sports directorate is working in conjunction with Extreme Sports, a sports management company based in Nairobi in together with Gina Din communications and sports Betika towards the event.
“We will use this opportunity to strengthen the County’s global linkages, and work on uplifting the career horizons of our talented young footballers.” The Kisumu county minister for Tourism Sports culture and Information Archie Alai said.
Plans are under way to provide adequate security during the event that is likely to draw masses of football fans, the county commander is expected to deploy 50 uniformed officers to ensure safety at the venue.
This event comes ahead of the planned sports stake holder’s forum in Kisumu scheduled for Friday, 16th November 2018 and geared towards discussions on sporting heritage, using it as a foundation and inspiration for establishing initiatives aiming at becoming the country’s sports powerhouse.
Kisumu all-stars members comprising Kisumu all Stars were drawn from the sub counties after PALOS FC disbanded from the National super league.
The County government has since last year been sponsoring the team, providing an upkeep stipend to the players as well as equipping the team and organizing for matches under the National Super league.
Further in a move to encourage the sporting fraternity, Kisumu County appointed the legendary football player Peter Dawo as the head of Sports Directorate and held a meeting with Kisumu all stars to forge a way for sustainable development.
“The coming of Ronaldihno will go a long way in motivating the current and upcoming footballers in Kisumu county.” Mr Dawo said noting the fact for about eight years, Kisumu county was not participating in any premier leagues leading to low quality football in the region.
Other football stars that have visited Kenya in recent years include ex Liverpool star Bruce Grobbelaar, Nigerian Yakubu Ayegbeni, Frenchmen Thierry Henry, Robert Pires and German World Cup winner Lothar Matthäus.
Lake Region Economic Bloc Trade Investment and Blue Economy Conference set for the 23rd to 26th October, 2018.
Exhibitors and delegates are called upon to secure space by booking for exhibition booths on the www.lrebevents.com.
The theme of the conference is Optimizing Shared Resources for Prosperity Under the Big 4 Agenda.
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The county government of Kisumu is committed to putting systems in place to reduce risk of corruption in service delivery.
Some of the areas that the government is keen on establishing new systems includes automation of records especially at the assembly to ease duration taken for retrieval and enhance access.
Development of service charters as well strategic display of the same at service points,providing information on the services offered,processes, procedures,requirements,time frames as well as cost of services will also be done.
Policies and guidelines on administration of waivers and exemptions will be developed and operationalized. This will provide administrative structures to ensure fairness transparency and reduce discretion.
Following recommendations from a system audit recently tabled by the Ethics and Anti -Corruption Commission (EACC),governor Anyang Nyong’o said that strengthening of systems will enhance accountability and reduce corruption.
“We must put in place strong systems, because we cannot trust ourselves,we are weak and frail,however with strong systems this will be curbed.” Governor Nyong’o pointed out.
The report tabled was arrived at after governor Nyong’o siting gaps in the systems within the county, invited the EACC to carry out a systems audit and give recommendations.
A month ago, during the state of the county address, Governor Nyong’o said he has signed MOU’s with the office of the Auditor General and EACC to institute measures of early detection and prevention of possible cases of corruption by conducting a corruption Risk assessment.
This move was preferred to dealing with cases that have already occurred.Some of gaps the county government sought to close through the recommendations from the audit includes irregular establishment of funds,nonpayment of contractors and suppliers,resulting in pending bills and unutilized projects.
Others are low revenue collection due to weak controls and systemic gaps and irregular recruitment of staff.
While delivering the report whose study was undertaken as a preventive measure,the EACC also recommended that guidelines for handing over including a standards template outlining areas needed to be handed over be developed and implemented.
EACC further recommended that clearance be not only granted to subject satisfaction but that the hand over is complete and requisite signatories approve the process at various stages.
In this endeavor,the residents of Kisumu will also have a platform to give complains as the county government will set up a feedback mechanism, complains will be managed having been received,recorded,processed and the same used to conduct periodic analysis.
Giving assurance of his commitment,governor Nyong’o reiterated “We will implement the recommendations of the EACC fully.”
The report titled ‘Report on corruption risk assessment into systems, policies procedures and practices of Kisumu county executive’ was carried out by a team of officers from the EACC between 1st March and 16th March 2018.
This study resulting to the table report was carried out six months into the current administration. The objectives of this undertaking were to review the systems policies, procedures and practice of the county executive and to identify corruption prone arrears.
The study also sought to identify structural weaknesses existing in the County executive that can be exploited to perpetuate corrupt activities.
The EACC was also mandated by the county government to recommend strategies for preventing corruption and enhance accountability in methods of work as well as prepare and disseminate the report findings and recommendations after which the EACC would monitor the implementation of the recommendations.
In efforts to make Kisumu a corruption free zone, the county government of Kisumu did not only agree to undertake risk assessment on corruption,it has made deliberate steps to settle pending bills,700 Million into merchant bills,while 600 Million due to institutions arising from payroll yields including NHIF, NSSF and staff loan deduction have also been settled.
By Lorraine Anyango
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Residents of Katito and traders in particular had a reason to smile after the County Government led by the deputy Governor,Dr. Mathew Owili donated construction materials delivered for the reconstruction of the market after the fire outbreak that brought down shops on the 10th October 2018.
A total of 145 pieces of iron sheets,30 bags of cement and 145 pieces of round poles was given to assist traders in rebuilding of the market and to help the affected traders to get back to business as soon as possible.
Dr. Owili promised to ensure speedy reforms and solutions in tackling emerging disasters including setting up disaster nodes at Ahero,Muhoroni and Maseno.
The deputy governor also encouraged the people of Nyakach to register on the ongoing NHIF that will enable them enjoy the fruits of universal health coverage,where Kisumu is one of the four piloting counties in Kenya.
The deputy governor was accompanied by the county Chief of Staff Dr. Omondi Ouno, Director Governor’s Press Unit,Aloice Ager and the area MCA Hon. Rashid Miruka.
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Kisumu County Minister for Trade, Alice Moraa called on residents to work towards making Kisumu one of the producer counties in the region.
Speaking to Mamboleo traders during the launch of the just completed Mamboleo market, the Minister urged traders to make use of the Trade Fund as individuals and the Enterprise Fund as members of registered groups to boost their businesses.
“If these funds are properly utilized we could usher in a new era of economic and infrastructural dominance in the county”. said Moraa
Mamboleo market is one of the many market with shades constructed as the county government pushes towards a 24-hour economy and modernized markets across the County.
By Brian Muga
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Kisumu County will begin the construction of a modern stadium by next year, the CEC in charge of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sports Achie Ojany Alai has said.
Achie says the local government has already obtained an approval form and will work Football Kenya Federation (FKF) through the project as they seek to find a worthy home for the football mad region.
The County Sports chief declined to disclose the proposed location of the facility but confirmed it will be built on the outskirts of the lakeside city of Kisumu.
“We have put into consideration other sporting disciplines other than football so it will have separate basketball and volleyball pitches,” Achie told Citizen Digital.
The official added that the Moi Stadium will undergo a facelift as part of the county’s agreement with an unnamed donor.
‘’We shall also use sport as a way of bringing youth together and even as a form of employment, and I urge the youth of this country to take sport seriously as it will be for their own benefit,” Achie said.
Kisumu Governor Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o is among the officials who accompanied President Uhuru Kenyatta to Cuba. President Kenyatta left the country on Tuesday the Caribbean nation to seek a helping hand for his healthcare policy in the Big Four Agenda. On Friday, Prof Nyong’o told the Nation that he was in Cuba courtesy of the Council of Governor’s Health committee, which he is a member. The committee is chaired by Isiolo Governor Mohamed Kutti.
“I am in Cuba to represent the interest of the Council of Governors in regards to health care,”
Prof. Nyong’o was the initiator of NHIF Universal Healthcare project in Kenya, which is a key factor in the delivery of Kenya’s health agenda.
On their first day in Cuba, the Kenyan delegation visited the Caribbean nation’s leading research and pharmaceutical group, Labiofam, to study how the country has innovated in its fight against tropical diseases. The Kenyan officials promised to work closer with Cuba to replicate its success. Through Labiofam, Cuba is expected to train health staff undertaking malaria programmes in Kenya so as to utilise, minimise costs and time taken to fully implement the programme.
The visit came just a few days after President Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga resolved to work together for the sake of the country.
Kisumu Governor, Professor Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o, received a warm reception as he jetted back into the country after a three-month medical break in the United States of America (USA).
The plane carrying the Governor touched down at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) at 2:30 pm to a jubilant delegation of top county leadership of Kisumu led by his Deputy Dr. Matthew Owili.
Professor Nyong’o is expected to make a triumph entry into his home County on Friday the 16th, at10:00 am where there will be a procession from Kisumu International Airport to Saint Stephen Church for inter faith prayers, then later he will address the county residents at the Freedom Square formerly Kenyatta Sports ground.
Plans are underway to accord him a befitting welcome by Kisumu County residents.